DOVER, Del. - After only a day's rest the Wesley College women's soccer team played host to a solid Shenandoah University squad on Thursday night in Dover. The Wolverines played a stellar defensive game but were stung by a 30-yard free kick that went bar-down, giving the Hornets the 1-0 victory.
Chelsea Marriner made a career-high 16 saves, but allowed one goal and took the loss in net for Wesley. Shenandoah goalkeeper Erin Septer made four saves to earn the clean sheet and the win.
The Wolverines were outshot 37-7 on the night as they hunkered down in a defensive formation. The team played with only one high forward and packed the midfield, making it difficult for Shenandoah to generate an effective buildup.
At the 35-minute mark, Shenandoah had their best chance of the first half. Rebecca Collimore found Alysha McCleaf on a breakaway, but McCleaf was denied by a sliding Marriner to neutralize the offensive chance and keeps the scores level. Both team went into the half scoreless.
In the second half Wesley applied early pressure, finding top goal scorer Janiah Moore in the mixer. The freshman collected the ball and turned toward goal, but didn't quite get all of the pace she intended on the ball, sending it into the arms of Septer.
Shenandoah finally broke the scoreless draw with a 54th minute goal. Rebecca Collimore lined up a free kick from 30 yards out and lofted it over the defensive line. The ball struck the crossbar and went straight down, over the outstretched fingertips of Marriner and in for a score.
The score would stand as the difference as the Wolverines were held scoreless throughout the final minutes of the game. The Hornets packed it in defensively and made it nearly impossible for the home team to generate an attack.
Wesley moves to 2-2-2 on the season and will return to action on Friday when they take on the College of St. Elizabeth at 4:00 p.m.