BUCKHANNON – Mountain East Conference Tournament Champions!
The No. 19 West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats can call themselves that after beating Notre Dame College by a 1-0 score in the MEC title game today at Culpepper Stadium.
Wesleyan will put the post-season tournament championship next to their MEC regular-season title.
Notre Dame controlled much of the first half but wasn't able to score despite outshooting Wesleyan by a 10-3 margin.
Notre Dame's best scoring opportunity came in the 75th minute when a shot hit the post.
With Wesleyan stepping up their attack in the second half, they scored the lone goal of the game in the 76th minute.
Wesleyan's defense limited Notre Dame in the final 13 minutes to just one shot-on-goal.
"It was really a tale of two halves," remarked Wesleyan head coach Patrick Holguin. "They played us really well in the first half and had us under a lot of pressure. They took a lot of corners that first half because of the pressure. But we were able to withstand that pressure and made some adjustments at the half. Those adjustments worked for us, it put us in better positions and gave us better opportunities. In the end, we played with a lot of confidence in the second half."
It was the 15th shutout of the season for the Lady Bobcats.
Schumacher played the first half and made two saves.
Hubner earned the win as she made one save in the second half.
Wesleyan held a 4-3 margin in shots-on-goal.
Notre Dame held a 6-2 lead in corner kicks.
Wesleyan was called for 11 fouls while Notre Dame was guilty of eight.
The loss dropped Notre Dame to 13-4-2.
Wesleyan improved to 17-2-1.
"Notre Dame has a fantastic team, but today we were better," concluded Holguin.
The Lady 'Cats will now wait to see where and who they will play in the NCAA DII Atlantic Regional Tournament. The NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Selection show is slated for Monday at 6 p.m. The first and second round games will be played this Friday and Sunday.
(Photo courtesy of Brian Bergstrom/The Record Delta)