BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan men's soccer team defeated the Urbana Blue Knights by a 3-0 score today in the semifinals of the MEC Tournament at Culpepper Stadium.
The win put the Bobcats of head coach Gavin Donaldson into the MEC championship game Sunday against either Notre Dame or Charleston. If Charleston wins, the 'Cats head to the Capital City, if Notre Dame pulls off the upset against No. 1 Charleston, the Bobcats will host Notre Dame. That game will be played later tonight.
The Bobcats came out sluggish in the first 15 minutes of the game as Urbana dominated the ball and field possession.
Following a Bobcat spurt midway through the first half, Urbana closed the opening half strong but couldn't find the net despite some solid looks.
The game went into the break tied at 0-0.
Wesleyan ramped up their play in the second half and finally broke the scoreless tie in the 54th minute.
In the 70th minute, Josh Spencer made the defensive play of the game.
With an Urbana shot heading to the back of the net tying the game at 1-1, Spencer made a diving attempt at the ball and cleared it right before it crossed the goal line, keeping the shutout intact.
The Bobcats upped their lead to 2-0 in the 75th minute
Smith showed off his footwork, dribbling between two Urbana defenders and put a shot to the near post past McNicholas.
Guillermo Rueda was credited with the assist.
The Bobcats wrapped up the scoring in the 87th minute.
Rueda was in one-on-one situation with McNicholas eight yards out to the left of the net, but instead of taking the shot he sent a cross to Luca Falconieri who was left open in front of the net and put it past a helpless defender for the goal.
Wesleyan was outshot by a 19-10 margin but owned a 6-4 lead in shots-on-goal.
Armenia played the first half and didn't face a shot.
Zent earned the win playing the second half and turned away three shots. He upped his record to 5-3-1.
Wesleyan held a 7-3 lead in corner kicks.
Urbana closed out their regular season with a 10-7 mark.
Wesleyan will head into the MEC Finals with an 11-5-3 record.
(Photo courtesy of Peter Galarneau Jr.)