BUCKHANNON – Braving the elements, the West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcat soccer team passed their first test in the 2019 Mountain East Conference post-season tournament Tuesday afternoon on the turf of Cebe Ross Field.
On a cold and snowy day, the Lady Bobcats put in a workman-like effort in a 2-0 victory over Charleston in first-round of the MEC Tournament.
Wesleyan scored early in the contest in the 11th minute to take a 1-0 lead.
Shannon Shawgo put a shot on net that was deflected by Golden Eagle keeper Kaylee Hensley and Taylor Maucere cleaned up the rebound and found the back of the net for the score.
Neither team was able to generate any opportunities the rest of the half with just four combined shots.
Wesleyan held their 1-0 lead until the 76th minute when Kayla Fay gave them some breathing room with a goal.
She took a feed from Haelly Ramirez on the near post and took a shot from close range for the score.
Wesleyan held Charleston to just one shot-on-goal the final 14 minutes of action to preserve the shutout.
Wesleyan held a 5-3 lead in shots-on-goal while Charleston owned a 4-1 margin in corner kicks.
Wesleyan was guilty of eight fouls while Charleston was called for four.
Wesleyan keeper Chelsea Hubner made three saves while Hensley turned away three shots for Charleston.
In the other first-round match-up, Notre Dame won a 2-0 decision against Urbana.
Notre Dame will square off against Concord today at 1 p.m. in one semi-final clash while West Virginia Wesleyan will visit Fairmont State today at 7 p.m. in the other semi-final clash.
The two winners will meet on Sunday in the championship game.
Charleston 0 0 – 0
West Virginia Wesleyan 1 1 – 2
West Virginia Wesleyan – Taylor Maucere (Shannon Shawgo assist), 10th minute.
West Virginia Wesleyan – Kayla Fay (Haelly Ramirez assist), 76th minute.
Shots-on-goal – Charleston 3; West Virginia Wesleyan 5.
Corner kicks – Charleston 4; West Virginia Wesleyan 1.
Fouls – Charleston 4; West Virginia Wesleyan 8.
Saves – Charleston: Kaylee Hensley 3; West Virginia Wesleyan: Chelsea Hubner 3.