BUCKHANNON – West Virginia Wesleyan made a pair of first-half goals stand-up in a 2-0 win over the visiting Davis & Elkins Senators Sunday afternoon in their Mountain East Conference home opener at Ross Field.
Chrystal Posada set the tone of the game early for the Lady Bobcats with a goal in the sixth minute.
She put a shot on net that Davis & Elkins keeper Anna Kerth juggled and had slip to the back of the net giving Wesleyan a 1-0 lead.
Natalie Pireu made it 2-0 in the 27th minute scoring on a penalty kick.
Teammate Natalia Roppolo was fouled by Davis & Elkins’ Roxanne McFarlin to set up the penalty kick and Roppolo beat Kerth with the shot.
Wesleyan kept Davis & Elkins off the board the rest of the way to post the shutout win.
“It feels good to get back into the win column,” stated Wesleyan head coach Richard Owens. “We worked hard and deserved this win today.”
Wesleyan owned a 5-2 lead in shots-on-goal and a 5-0 spread in corner kicks.
The Lady Bobcats were guilty of 16 fouls while Davis & Elkins were called for 10.
Wesleyan keeper Ally Moore stopped two shots while Kerth made three saves for Davis & Elkins.
Davis & Elkins dropped 0-2 overall and 0-2 in the MEC with the loss while Wesleyan improved to 1-1 overall and 1-1 in the MEC.
The Lady Bobcats will be back in action Sunday when they visit Notre Dame College for a 2:30 p.m. battle.
Davis & Elkins 0 0 – 0
West Virginia Wesleyan 2 0 – 2
West Virginia Wesleyan – Chrystal Posada (unassisted), 6th minute
West Virginia Wesleyan – Natalie Pireu (unassisted), 27th minute
Shots-on-goal – Davis & Elkins: 2; West Virginia Wesleyan: 5.
Corner kicks – Davis & Elkins: 0; West Virginia Wesleyan: 5.
Fouls – Davis & Elkins: 10; West Virginia Wesleyan: 16.
Saves – Davis & Elkins: Anna Kerth 3; West Virginia Wesleyan: Ally Moore 2.