PHILIPPI — The 22nd-ranked West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcat soccer team didn’t live up to their ranking as they were upset Wednesday by the Alderson Broaddus Battlers in a Mountain East Conference soccer clash.
Playing for the first time in 17 days, Wesleyan’s offense was stymied in finding the back of the Alderson Broaddus for most of the game.
The Battlers scored the game’s lone goal in the first half in the 23rd minute when Melvrik Fernandes sent home a free kick from the left edge of the box.
Wesleyan had a few chances to equalize but couldn’t manage to get a goal during the first half.
In the 54th minute, Wesleyan’s Charlie Naylor picked up his second yellow card forcing his ejection and causing the Bobcats to play a man down.
Wesleyan kept the score at 1-0 though despite being man down until the 88th minute when Khori Miles sent a ball across the box to Nathan Djona who scored with a shot past Wesleyan keeper Sahil Dhunnookchand.
The goal turned out to be the game winner as Wesleyan avoided the shutout a minute later when Connor Hartwell sent in a long cross and Hunter Dierlam headed it home.
The Bobcats ran out of time though in their attempt to deadlock the game.
Wesleyan and the Alderson Broaddus were even in shots-on-goal tied at 5-5 while Wesleyan owned an 8-4 margin in corner kicks.
Wesleyan was guilty of seven fouls while the Battlers doubled that with 14 fouls.
Dhunnookchand made three saves while his counterpart for the Battlers, Diego Gomez made four stops.
The win was the first of the year for Alderson Broaddus as they improved to 1-1 on the season.
It was Wesleyan’s first loss as they saw their mark drop to 2-1.
Wesleyan will be back in action Sunday hosting Notre Dame College at 2 p.m.
West Virginia Wesleyan 0 1 – 1
Alderson Broaddus 1 1 – 2
Alderson Broaddus – Melvrik Fernandes (unassisted), 23rd minute.
Alderson Broaddus – Nathan Djona (Khori Miles assist), 88th minute.
West Virginia Wesleyan – Hunter Dierlam (Connor Hartwell assist), 89th minute.
Shots-on-goal – West Virginia Wesleyan: 5; Alderson Broaddus: 5.
Corner kicks – West Virginia Wesleyan: 8; Alderson Broaddus: 4.
Fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 7; Alderson Broaddus: 14.
Saves – West Virginia Wesleyan: Sahil Dhunnookchand 3; Alderson Broaddus Diego Gomez 4.