Soccer Bobcats hang on for 2-1 road win over West Liberty


WEST LIBERTY – The West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcat soccer team ended their three-game slide with a 2-1 road win over the West Liberty Hilltoppers Friday evening in a Mountain East Conference tilt.

It was also the first road win for the ‘Cats in three tries this season.

All three of the game’s goals occurred in the second half.

Hunter Dierlam put Wesleyan on the scoreboard first just three minutes into the second half when he dribbled into an open space outside of the box and tucked the ball into the bottom left corner of the net.

It was Dierlam’s second goal of the season.

In the 77th minute, Nika Monaselidze scored what would become the game-winner for the ‘Cats.

He played a cross from Javier De Ona Garcia in the middle of the box and score from six yards out putting a shot past Hilltopper keeper Noah Underwood.

It wound up being the game-winner because with eight minutes left, Tom Humphrey scored an unassisted goal for West Liberty.

West Liberty managed one more shot on goal by Bernardo Vilchis, but Wesleyan keeper Sahil Dhunnookchand made the save to preserve the win.

Wesleyan owned a 5-4 margin in shots-on-goal, but West Liberty held a 7-4 spread in corner kicks.

Wesleyan was guilty of eight fouls while West Liberty was called for five.

Dhunnookchand made three saves for Wesleyan while Underwood also stopped three for West Liberty.

West Liberty dropped to 2-4 overall while Wesleyan improved to 3-3.

The Bobcats will be back in action Sunday hosting Frostburg State at 2 p.m.

The boxscore:

West Virginia Wesleyan                                                                  0  2 – 2

West Liberty                                                                                    0  1 – 1

Scoring

West Virginia Wesleyan – Hunter Dierlam (unassisted), 48th minute.

West Virginia Wesleyan – Nika Monaselidze (Javier De Ona Garcia assist), 77th minute.

West Liberty – Tom Humphreys (unassisted), 82nd minute.

Shots-on-goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: 5; West Liberty: 4.

Corner kicks – West Virginia Wesleyan: 4; West Liberty: 7.

Fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 8; West Liberty: 5.

Saves – West Virginia Wesleyan: Sahil Dhunnookchand 3; West Liberty: Noah Underwood 3.

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