WHEELING – A pair of penalty kicks gave the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats a 2-0 victory over the homestanding Wheeling Cardinals in a Mountain East Conference clash Wednesday evening at Bishop Schmitt Field.
The Bobcats took advantage of a foul inside the box in the 23rd minute to take a 1-0 lead on a penalty kick by Luca Falconeri.
That scored stood until the 76th minute when Wheeling’s Andre Da Silva picked up a yellow card resulting in another penalty kick for the ‘Cats.
Falconeri again stepped up and found the back of the net with the penalty kick to treat the Bobcats to a 2-0 lead.
Wesleyan keeper Jeremy Collins and the Bobcat defense did the rest in the final 14 minutes holding onto the shutout.
Wheeling owned a 10-2 lead in shots-on-goal while corner kicks were even at 4-4.
Wesleyan was guilty of 14 fouls while Wheeling was called for 11.
Collins made 10 saves in net for Wesleyan.
The victory improved head coach Gavin Donaldson’s team to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the MEC.
They were slated to visit Charleston Sunday night.
They will be back in action Wednesday when they host Concord at 4 p.m.
West Virginia Wesleyan 1 1 – 2
Wheeling 0 0 – 0
West Virginia Wesleyan – Luca Falconeri (penalty kick), 23rd minute
West Virginia Wesleyan – Falconeri (penalty kick), 76th minute
Shots-on-goal – West Virginia Wesleyan 2; Wheeling 10.
Corner kicks – West Virginia Wesleyan 4; Wheeling 4.
Fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan 14; Wheeling 11.
Saves – West Virginia Wesleyan: Jeremy Collins 10; Wheeling: Josh Zimmerman 0.