BUCKHANNON – Following a rough three game stretch where they went 0-2-1, the West Virginia Wesleyan soccer Bobcats returned to their winning ways this evening with a convincing 4-0 victory over the winless Shepherd Rams at Culpepper Stadium.
The 'Cats, who beat Shepherd on the road four weeks ago by a 9-0 score, faced little resistance from the overmatched Rams.
It was the sixth shutout of the season for Wesleyan.
Juwon Akintunde put Wesleyan on the board in the 15th minute.
He played his own rebound after his first shot was blocked to give Wesleyan a 1-0 lead.
Paul Smith scored an unassisted goal in the 37th minute to treat Wesleyan to a 2-0 advantage.
Wesleyan took that 2-0 lead into the break.
Conor Davies scored from the far post from about eight yards out in the 67th minute to up the Wesleyan lead to 3-0.
Dominic Okus was credited with the assist.
Akintunde scored his second goal of the game when Wail Bichiba played a long through ball to him in the 76th minute.
The Wesleyan defense limited Shepherd to just five shots and one shot-on-goal.
Wesleyan keeper Cooper Zent turned away the one shot he faced.
The Bobcats managed 15 shots and put six on goal.
Wesleyan owned a 7-2 margin in corner kicks.
Shepherd fell to 0-11-1 overall and 0-9 in the MEC.
Wesleyan improved to 7-3-2 overall and 6-1 in the MEC.
The 'Cats will return to action Sunday when they visit Urbana for a 2:30 p.m. start.
(Photo courtesy of Peter Galarneau Jr.)