BUCKHANNON – Juwon Akintunde scored twice to lead the No. 22 West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats to a 2-0 victory over the visiting Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals today in a Mountain East Conference outing at Culpepper Stadium.
Wesleyan had a couple of nice looks in the first few minutes of the game, but the contest settled into a midfield battle for most of the first half.
The teams took a 0-0 sore into the intermission.
Just three minutes into the second half, a Bobcat was taken down in the box resulting in a penalty kick for Akintude (pictured).
He drilled it to the right side of the net past Cardinal keeper Tyler Shotwell.
Just five minutes later, Akintunde used some nifty footwork to avoid the Wheeling Jesuit defense and scored from about five yards out.
Luca Falconieri was credited with the assist.
The two goals by Aktinude's increased his season total to a MEC-leading 10.
Freshman keeper Cooper Zent made his first collegiate start and didn't have much to do during the afternoon.
Wheeling Jesuit put just two shots on goal and Zent turned away both including preserving the shutout with an outstretched diving save on a shot by Matt Vogt in the 87th minute.
Wesleyan managed 14 shots and put eight on goal.
The loss dropped Wheeling Jesuit to 2-5-1 overall and 0-4 in the MEC.
Wesleyan improved to 6-1-1 overall and 5-0 in the MEC.
The Bobcats will play again against the top team in the nation on Wednesday as they travel to the University of Charleston.
The contest will start at 7 p.m.
(Photo courtesy of Peter Galarneau Jr.)