Akintunde Gets Hat Trick as 'Cats Defeat Seton Hill, 4-0

Akintunde Gets Hat Trick as 'Cats Defeat Seton Hill, 4-0

BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcat soccer team played one of their finest games of the season in a 4-0 dominating win over the Seton Hill University Griffins in non-conference action at Culpepper Stadium.

Both teams entered the game ranked in the Atlantic Region as Seton Hill was 10th and Wesleyan was sixth, but Wesleyan left little doubt who the dominate team was today.

Senior Juwon Akintunde (pictured) had a massive game for the Bobcats scoring a hat trick in the first half and leading the Bobcat offense in the win.

It didn't take Akintunde long to make an impact in the game as he scored just four minutes in.

Conor Davies headed a ball over to Akintunde who was in front of the net and buried it to the back of the net to treat Wesleyan to a 1-0 lead.

On his second goal, Akintunde blasted a shot from 25 yards out under Seton Hill keeper Jacin Smith in the 44th minute.

Kazuma Takagi was credited with the assist.

Just 10 seconds later, Akintunde stole the ball away from the Griffins and put a shot on goal from the 18 that went in.

That treated Wesleyan to a 3-0 lead at the break.

Hazuki Hashizume played a through ball from Luca Falconieri for the lone goal of the second half in the 65th minute.

Wesleyan controlled the statistics as they owned a 20-6 lead in shots and a 7-3 margin in shots-on-goal.

They held a 3-1 margin in corner kicks.

Alessandro Armenia returned to the net for Wesleyan and made three saves in the shutout win.

Seton Hill dropped to 8-7-2 overall.

Wesleyan improved to 9-4-2 overall.

The Bobcats will return to action this Sunday in a key Mountain East Conference clash with Notre Dame.

The winner will have sole possession of second place in the league and the inside track of hosting a first-round tournament game.

The game will kick-off at 3 p.m.

 

(Photo courtesy of Peter Galarneau Jr.)