BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan men's soccer team is gearing up for its biggest challenge of the season this Wednesday as they travel to Charleston to face the nation's number one team.
"They are the number one team in the country, what more is there to say," Wesleyan head coach Gavin Donaldson said. "We have a tall order in front of us."
Wesleyan enters the game ranked number 22 in the nation in their own right, sporting a 6-1-1 record.
They are a perfect 5-0 in Mountain East Conference play and have outscored their opponents 26-6. The Bobcats are coming off an efficient 2-0 dismantling of Wheeling Jesuit.
Charleston boasts a perfect 8-0 mark, including a 4-0 slate within the league. They have outscored opponents a combined 23-2, and they have five players in the top ten in the MEC in goals scored.
The Golden Eagles are coming off a 3-0 weekend win over Alderson Broaddus, their sixth shutout in the last seven contests.
Kickoff is set for the 7 p.m. on the turf at Schoenbaum Stadium.
On the Lady Bobcat side, the Wesleyan women will face Charleston prior to the men's game.
The Wesleyan women have continued their tradition of air-tight defense this season, riding it to a 7-0-1 start and a number 13 ranking in the latest national poll.
They are a perfect 6-0 in the Mountain East Conference.
Coach Patrick Holguin's squad has outscored opponents 19-4, and they have posted five shutouts in the eight contests. Sophomore Haelly Ramirez leads the team with four goals, followed by three each from seniors Amy Stewart and Emily Knight. Wesleyan has out shot their opponents 69-44 in shots on goal.
Charleston currently sits in third in MEC, posting an overall mark of 3-2-3, and 2-1-3 in the league. They also have a solid defense, allowing just seven total goals through eight games. Their offense is led by Lyndsey Thompson and Alana Mikulis with three goals each.
"We always expect a war when playing Charleston," Holguin said. "They are extremely strong in possession and pose a real threat and have the potential to beat anyone in the country. They were voted number one in the preseason poll and number 24 in the country preseason for a reason. It is also very difficult playing at their home field. It will be a great game."
Kickoff for the women's game is set for 4 p.m.