BUCKHANNON – Freshman Matthew Bentley scored in the 89th minute to lead the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcat soccer team to their first victory of the year as they beat Mountain East Conference rival Notre Dame by a 2-1 score Friday night at Culpepper Stadium.
Bentley scored his unassisted goal when he beat Notre Dame keeper Daniele De Angelis from about 10 yards out in front of the net.
Wesleyan scored the lone goal of the first half when Jens Demul scored on a penalty kick after Notre Dame was guilty of a handball in the box.
The Bobcats returned the favor to the Falcons as Leonardo Paiva scored on a penalty kick at the 62-minute mark.
The second half of the game was bogged down with fouls and yellow cards.
Both teams were guilty of three yellow cards in the second half after both were tagged with a yellow card in the first half. In all, there were 30 fouls called with Notre Dame being called for 11 and Wesleyan was guilty of 19.
Notre Dame owned a 15-9 lead in shots but Wesleyan held a 6-5 advantage in shots-on-goal.
Wesleyan keeper Alessandro Armenia turned away four shots in the victory.
Wesleyan, now 1-2 overall and 1-0 in the MEC, will return to action this Sunday when they visit the University of Charleston for a 2 p.m. kick-off.
(Photo courtesy of Peter Galarneau Jr.)