Soccer ‘Cats blanked by Notre Dame, 1-0

Notre Dame’s Lukas Hackaa (16) gets sandwiched between two West Virginia Wesleyan’s players as they leap to control a punt during their encounter Sunday afternoon at Ross Field. Notre Dame won a 1-0 decision.

BUCKHANNON – Notre Dame College made an early goal on a penalty kick stand up as they defeated the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats by a 1-0 decision Sunday afternoon at Ross Field in a Mountain East Conference clash.

In the sixth minute of action, Notre Dame’s Marcus Vinicius Pereira was taken down in the box by Wesleyan freshman keeper Logan Nelson after a failed clear in the box.

The Falcons were awarded a penalty kick which they gave to Lukas Hackaa, who placed it into the bottom corner of the net to put the visitors up 1-0.

The ‘Cats were awarded their own penalty kick in the 222nd minute when Carlos Sanchez Mora was taken down in the box.

Sinasi Emre Deniz took the penalty kick for the Bobcats, but Notre Dame keeper Arvid Engsgtrom made the save on the shot to the bottom left corner of the net.

Wesleyan had to play a man down the final seven minutes of the match as Nelson was given a red card in the 83rd minute.

The two teams were even in shots-on-goal at three apiece while Notre Dame held a slight edge in corner kicks at 6-5.

Notre Dame was called for 17 fouls while Wesleyan was guilty of eight.

Engrstrom made three saves for Notre Dame in net.

Nelson made two saves in net while Sahil Dhunnookchand didn’t make a save in his limited time in net.

Notre Dame improved to 2-1 on the season while the ‘Cats dropped to 2-2.

Wesleyan will return to action Friday as they visit Davis & Elkins for a 5 p.m. conference tilt.

The boxscore:

Notre Dame                           1  0 – 1

West Virginia Wesleyan       0  0 – 0

Scoring

Notre Dame – Lukas Hackaa (penalty kick), 6th minute

Shots-on-goalNotre Dame: 3; West Virginia Wesleyan: 3

Corner kicksNotre Dame: 6; West Virginia Wesleyan: 5.

FoulsNotre Dame: 17; West Virginia Wesleyan: 8.

SavesNotre Dame: Arvid Engstrom 3; West Virginia Wesleyan: Sahil Dhunnookchand 0; Logan Nelson 2.

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