Soccer Bobcats tumble to No. 1 Charleston in MEC semifinals

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcat soccer team saw their season come to an end with a 3-0 setback to the top team in the nation, the Charleston Golden Eagles, Wednesday evening in the semifinals to the Mountain East Conference Tournament.

For one half, Wesleyan was able to put a scare into the Golden Eagles keeping them off the scoreboard and having the game remain tied at 0-0 at the intermission.

Wesleyan couldn’t contain the Golden Eagles in the second half though as they scored three times.

Gabriel Rodriguez broke the scoreless tie for Charleston in the 51st minute scoring on a header from a cross from outside the box from Alexis Ledoux.

Adam Burchell extended the Charleston lead to 2-0 ten minutes later when played a ball from Eduardo Iranzo and found the back of the net.

Charleston scored their third goal in the 81st minute with a goal by Alejandro Larryayoz with the assist going to Sam Bethell.

Wesleyan was outshot by a 7-3 margin and trailed in corner kicks by a 10-2 margin.

The Bobcats were guilty of five fouls while Charleston was whistled for 10.

Sahil Dhunnookchand made two saves for Wesleyan while Marc Torrado stopped three shots for Charleston.

Wesleyan saw their season end with a 4-5 record.

Charleston improved to 9-0 on the year and will play Notre Dame for the MEC title Sunday at 7 p.m.

Notre Dame upset Davis & Elkins by a 2-1 score in the other semifinal contest.

The boxscore:

West Virginia Wesleyan                                                      0  0 – 0

Charleston                                                                            0  3 – 0


Charleston – Gabriel Rodriguez (Alexis Ledoux assist), 51st minute.

Charleston – Adam Burchell (Eduardo Iranzo assist), 61st minute.

Charleston – Alejandro Larrayoz (Sam Bethell assist), 81st minute.

Shots-on-goal – West Virginia Wesleyan: 3; Charleston: 7.

Corner kicks – West Virginia Wesleyan: 2; Charleston: 10.

Fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 5; Charleston: 10.

Saves – West Virginia Wesleyan: Sahil Dhunnookchand 2; Charleston: Marc Torrado 3.



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