No. 22 Soccer 'Cats Survive Scare From Concord In 3-2 Win

No. 22 Soccer 'Cats Survive Scare From Concord In 3-2 Win

ATHENS – The 22nd-ranked West Virginia Wesleyan men's soccer team adverted a major upset today on the road against the Concord Mt. Lions in Mountain East Conference action at Anderson Field.

The winless Mt. Lions led Wesleyan in the 80th minute, but the nationally-ranked Bobcats scored twice in a five-minute span to escape with a 3-2 victory.

A pair of penalty kicks accounted for the first-half scoring.

Concord's Sam Ashton was good on his penalty kid in the 28th minute and Wesleyan's Paul Smith (pictured) was true on his penalty kick in the 36th minute.

Just five minutes into the second half, Khal Clary scored an unassisted goal for Concord to treat the Mt. Lions to a 2-1 advantage.

Wesleyan trailed for the next 30 minutes until Dominic Okus served a ball from midfield that was headed in by Zach Whiting at the 80:17 mark.

The game-winner belonged to Smith who scored his second goal on a free kick from just outside the penalty area with 5:25 left in the contest.

Wesleyan was outshot by a 12-10 margin but owned a 5-4 lead in shots-on-goal.

Alessandro Armenia and Cooper Zent shared time in the net for the Bobcats.

Armenia played the first 45 minutes and made one save while Cooper played the second half and turned away one shot.

Concord was guilty of eight fouls while Wesleyan was called for seven. Both teams were given two yellow cards.

Concord fell to 0-6-1 overall and 0-3 in the MEC.

Wesleyan improved to 5-1-1 overall and 4-0 in the MEC.

The Bobcats will return to action this Sunday when they host Wheeling Jesuit in a MEC contest at 1 p.m.