Men’s Soccer Preview: Concord & West Liberty

WVWC men’s soccer will begin a four-game road swing starting with Concord on Wednesday and West Liberty on Saturday.

The Basics

The West Virginia Wesleyan men’s soccer team hits the road to face Concord in Beckley, W.Va. on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 3 p.m. before heading up to West Liberty for a 3:30 p.m. matchup on Saturday (Sept. 25).

Quick Hits

Last time out on Sept. 19, the Bobcats went toe-to-toe with No. 1 Charleston before the Golden Eagles scored a golden goal in the 108th minute to escape Buckhannon with a 2-1 win.

Freshman Zacharias Kohring scored his first collegiate goal with a flick header at the near post from a corner against Charleston on Sept. 19.

Nika Monaselidze already has five assists in just four games.

Dubai native Yuveer Kelkar played a season-high 68 minutes against Charleston, as did freshman Huewlan Wright (63).

Logan Nelson made seven saves against Charleston on Sept. 19. Luis Diaz has made his presence felt as a defender.

The 10 goals that the Bobcats have scored this season have come from eight different players.

Head coach Gavin Donaldson currently sits on 398 career wins (356 with WVWC).

Scouting Concord

The Mountain Lions enter the game 0-5-0 overall and 0-4 in Mountain East Conference play after a 10-1 loss to Notre Dame (Ohio).

Ezequiel Villareal of Argentina scored the Mountain Lions first goal of the season against Notre Dame. Goalkeeper Kyle Brown has made 30 saves across three games.

Head Coach Steve Barrett is into his 24th season at Concord and holds an overall collegiate record of 252-343-29.

Last Season vs. Concord

During the 2021 spring season, Wesleyan beat the Mountain Lions 2-1 at Ross Field as Lauri Vasa put the Bobcats ahead and Monaselidze scored what turned out to be the game winner.

Scouting West Liberty

The Hilltoppers have a 2-4 overall record this season, picking up victories away at Mercyhurst and Concord. Last time out, West Liberty lost 2-1 at home to Alderson Broaddus with Liam Toman scoring the consolation.

Toman leads the scoring charts for the Hilltoppers so with two goals and Vitor Otsuka has two assists to his name.

Sean Regan is into his third season as head coach at West Liberty and helped the Hilltoppers achieve their strongest showing of the NCAA Division-II era last season.

Last Season vs. West Liberty

Last season, the Bobcats went to West Liberty and won 2-1, thanks to second half goals from Hunter Dierlam and Monaselidze.

Up Next

The West Virginia Wesleyan men’s soccer team will travel to No. 6 Davis & Elkins for a third consecutive road game on Wednesday (Sept. 29).

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