Soccer ‘Cats blank Wheeling in MEC road outing, 2-0


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.

The boxscore:

West Virginia Wesleyan 1  1 – 2

Wheeling                            0  0 – 0

Scoring

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.

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