BUCKHANNON – When the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats and the University of Charleston Golden Eagles meet, you can always expect an intense, physical and close game between the two schools.
During Charleston’s run of late, the Bobcats have been a thorn in the side of the defending national champions and it was no different when they met Sunday afternoon on the turf at Cebe Ross Field.
The Bobcats of head coach Gavin Donaldson dropped a 1-0 overtime thriller to the No. 10 Golden Eagles.
Luca Falconieri led the Bobcat offense early on getting off a shot-on-goal in the 12th minute and then sending a shot wide in the 20th minute.
Neither team mounted much of a scoring threat the rest of the half.
Shots-on-goal were hard to come by for both teams in the second half as well as the two squads went into the overtime period tied at 0-0.
Charleston pressured Wesleyan late in the overtime period with a shot by Gabriel Cavral that went wide right and then they earned a corner kick at the 97:46 mark.
Charleston ended the game in the 99th minute when Alexandre Guichard scored after taking a pass from Nicholas Engelking.
The match featured just four shots-on-goal with Charleston getting three and Wesleyan one.
Charleston held a slim 4-3 margin in corner kicks.
Wesleyan was guilty of 24 fouls while Charleston was called for 13 along with two yellow cards being issued.
Wesleyan keeper Sahil Dhunnookchand turned away two shots.
The loss dropped Wesleyan to 0-2-2 on the season.
They will return to the pitch today when they travel to Wheeling to face the Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals in a MEC contest starting at 8 p.m.
Charleston 0 0 1 – 1
West Virginia Wesleyan 0 0 0 – 0
Charleston – Alexandre Guichard (Nicholas Engelkin assist) 100th minute
Shots-on-goal – Charleston: 3; West Virginia Wesleyan 1
Corner kicks – Charleston: 4; West Virginia Wesleyan 3
Fouls – Charleston: 13; West Virginia Wesleyan 24
Saves – Charleston: Alvaro Unanua Dean 1; West Virginia Wesleyan: Sahil Dhunnookchand 2