Wesleyan soccer teams both secure spots in NCAA tourney

Lady ’Cats to face Gannon, men get UC

BUCKHANNON — Both West Virginia Wesleyan College soccer teams are NCAA Division II Tournament bound. 

The Lady Bobcats of coach Patrick Holguin captured the Mountain East Conference title on Sunday with a 1-0 win over Notre Dame. They will enter the six-team Atlantic Regional as the third seed and will face No. 6 Gannon at 2 p.m. Friday  at East Stroudsburg, Pa. 

Wesleyan enters the contest with a 17-2-1 record, while Gannon is 13-4-2. The winner of that game will face host East Stroudsburg (15-3-3) on Sunday in the regional semifinal.

 In the other bracket, MEC member Notre Dame (13-4-2) is the fifth seed and faces No. 4 Kutztown (16-3-1). The winner of that contest will face top-seed West Chester (16-3-1). 

 “We are excited to be in the National Tournament this weekend,” Holguin said. “We are matched up with Gannon whom we played in the first round four or five years ago. This will be a fantastic matchup as Gannon has had a great year.”

 It is Wesleyan’s third trip to the NCAA Tourney in the last four years.

The Bobcat men, meanwhile, will face a familiar foe in the NCAA Tournament as they visit the University of Charleston at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Wesleyan defeated UC, 2-1, in overtime on Sunday to capture the MEC Tournament title. It will be the fourth meeting of the season between the two schools. The Golden Eagles on the first match, 5-3,  and the teams played to a scoreless draw in Buckhannon.

Charleston enters the Atlantic Regional as the top seed, while Wesleyan enters as the fourth seed. The winner of this contest will face the winner  between No. 3 East Stroudsburg or No. 2 West Chester.

 “I am proud of our guys for earning the right to be back in this position,” Wesleyan head coach Gavin Donaldson said. “It is a great opportunity for our program to be back in the tournament.”


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