Soccer ‘Cats end regular season with loss to No. 1 UC


CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats wrapped up their regular season with their toughest test of the season, a visit to No. 1 Charleston Sunday evening in Mountain East Conference action.

The ‘Cats dropped a 5-0 decision to the Golden Eagles.

Wesleyan kept Charleston off the board for the first 26 minutes of the game, but Gabriel Rodriguez scored an unassisted goal in the 27th minute and Eduardo Iranzo notched a score just a minute later to give the Golden Eagles a 2-0 lead.

Rodriguez scored again in the 39th minute to treat Charleston to a 3-0 lead, which would be the score at the intermission.

Charleston tacked on two more goals in the second half getting scores from Emil Rasmussen and Eduardo Barros.

Wesleyan trailed in shots-on-goal by a 13-1 margin and trailed in corner kicks by a 7-1 count.

Fouls were all even at 5-5.

Logan Nelson made eight saves in net for Wesleyan while Marc Torrado made one save for Charleston in the first half and Ian Oliveria Martins didn’t see a shot in the second half.

The two teams will square off again Wednesday in the first-round of the MEC Tournament.

The conference takes the top four teams and Wesleyan finished fourth with a 4-4 record while Charleston will be the top seed with an 8-0 record.

Davis & Elkins, the two seed, will face Notre Dame, the third seed, in the other semifinal clash.

The boxscore:

West Virginia Wesleyan                                                      0  0 – 0

Charleston                                                                        3  2 – 5

Scoring

Charleston – Gabriel Rodriguez (unassisted), 27th minute.

Charleston – Eduardo Iranzo (Alexis Ledoux assist), 28th minute.

Charleston – Rodriguez (James Raptis, Ledoux assists), 39th minute.

Charleston – Emil Rasmussen (Sebastian Pavez assist), 60th minute.

Charleston – Eduardo Barros (William Stille), 83rd minute.

Shots-on-goal – West Virginia Wesleyan: 1; Charleston 13.

Corner kicks – West Virginia Wesleyan: 1; Charleston 7.

Fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 5; Charleston 5.

Saves – West Virginia Wesleyan: Logan Nelson 8; Charleston: Marc Torrado 1; Ian De Oliveria Martins 0.

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