Late goal lifts Bobcats past Frostburg State in MEC soccer play, 1-0

BUCKHANNON – Talk about waiting until the last minute...or even the last second.

Frostburg State and West Virginia Wesleyan battled for over 89 minutes without a score.

With 8.8 seconds remaining, Connor Hartwell sent a long ball over the top into the Frostburg State end.

A Frostburg State defender tried to clear the ball out of their end, but the ball made its way to Wesleyan’s Gustavo Hernandez who struck a volley attempt from 30 yards out and rocketed it past Frostburg State keeper Joel Assal for the game-winner.

The first 25 minutes of the contest were relatively quiet as both teams were getting in the flow of the game. In the 26th minute, Frostburg had their best opportunity of the match. Randy Putnam was delivered a through ball from his teammate on the edge of the box. In a heads-up play by WVWC goalkeeper Sahil Dhunookkchand, he met Putnam at the edge of the box on a slide to break up the play and preserve the 0-0 game.

Nearing the half, Nika Monaselidze intercepted an errant Frostburg pass and drove the ball down the left side of the pitch. Monaselidze struck the ball with his right foot from 25 yards out and saw the ball slide past the Frostburg keeper to ricochet off the right woodwork.

In the second half, the Bobcats found themselves with another prime opportunity in the 52nd minute when a cross made its way to Emre Deniz's head. Deniz tried to place the ball into the bottom right corner, but Assal made a diving save to keep the match deadlocked 0-0.

The win improved head coach Gavin Donaldson’s team to 4-3 heading into their regular-season finale Sunday with the University of Charleston on the road at 4 p.m.

The boxscore:

Frostburg State                                                                              0  0 – 0

West Virginia Wesleyan                                                                 0  1 – 1


West Virginia Wesleyan -- Gustavo Hernandez (unassisted), 90th minute.

Shots-on-goal – Frostburg State: 1; West Virginia Wesleyan: 2.

Corner kicks – Frostburg State: 3; West Virginia Wesleyan: 4.

Fouls – Frostburg State: 16; West Virginia Wesleyan; 12.

Saves – Frostburg State: Joel Assal: 1; West Virginia Wesleyan: Sahil Dhunnookchand: 1.



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