Nov 10, 2017
Coach Patrick Holguin and his Lady Bobcats are moving on in the NCAA Tournament.
Friday afternoon, Wesleyan defeated Gannon 2-0 in the first round of the Atlantic Regional, scoring a goal in each half. The vaunted LBC defense produced their 14th shutout of the season.
Natalie Prater produced the first goal of the match, scoring from yards out on a free kick at the 23:28 mark of the first half. Carolyn Saulle provided the insurance goal, lofting a one-timer from just inside the box. Her goal was culmination of a perfectly placed feed from the midfield area from Kelsie Hibbs. The tally came at the 55:02 mark.
Ashlee Schumacher played in goal in the first half, while Chelsea Hubner played the second half. Hubner registered a critical save off a GU penalty kick at the 65-minute mark.
"We won it again with our defense," Holguin said. "We made some plays back there, and we had some good saves with our keepers. We are blessed to have two standout goalkeepers, and they both came up big today."
Senior Mary Cooper, the MEC Defensive Player of the Year, recorded another stellar day for the defense.
"We were really in sync with our back line and in every area of the field," Cooper said. "We did a great job of covering for each other and when Chelsea (Hubner) made that save, it really got us all hyped. It was a good team victory for us all around."
Wesleyan advances to the NCAA Rund of 32 now, and will face the home standing East Stroudsburg team on Sunday at 2:00. For Holguin and his staff, it will the third time Wesleyan has faced East Stroudsburg in the NCAA Tournament.
"It has turned into a bit of rivalry now," Holguin said. "They have a great program, and we are looking forward to the challenge."