WEST LIBERTY – It took just one goal from the West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats to knock off the West Liberty Hilltoppers Sunday afternoon in a Mountain East Conference clash at the West Family Complex.
Kayla Fay broke the scoreless tie for Wesleyan in the second half in the 66th minute when she found the back of the net with a shot inside the six-yard box to treat Wesleyan to a 1-0 victory.
West Liberty had two chances to deadlock the game as they put shots on goal in the 79th and 80th minute of the contest but Wesleyan keeper Chelsea Hubner turned away both shots.
It was the ninth shutout of the year for the Lady Bobcats.
Wesleyan owned an 8-4 lead in shots-on-goal while corner kicks were even at 2-2.
Hubner made four saves while West Liberty’s Olivia Montgomery made seven.
Wesleyan was guilty of eight fouls while West Liberty was called for seven.
With two regular-season games remaining, the win didn’t secure a spot in the MEC Tournament for the Lady Bobcats, but did improve their lot in the standings.
With winless Wheeling on tap for a game today Wesleyan should nail down the second seed in the South Division.
West Virginia Wesleyan currently owns a 10-6 record overall and an 8-4 league mark.
The loss dropped West Liberty to 3-9-4 overall and 3-6-4 in the MEC.
Wesleyan will host the winless Cardinals today at 4 p.m. then close out their regular season Sunday when they visit Davis & Elkins.
Davis & Elkins is currently fourth in the South Division and will be seeking a move up in the standings to grab one of the top three play-off spots.
West Virginia Wesleyan 0 1 — 1
West Liberty 0 0 — 0
West Virginia Wesleyan – Kayla Fay (unassisted), 66th minute
Shots-on-goal – West Virginia Wesleyan 8; West Liberty 4.
Corner kicks – West Virginia Wesleyan 2; West Liberty 2.
Fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan 8; West Liberty 7.
Saves – West Virginia Wesleyan: Chelsea Hubner 4; West Liberty: Olivia Montgomery 7.