Wolverines Fall to Captains in Conference Tilt

Photo Credit: Leslie Alston
Photo Credit: Leslie Alston

DOVER, Del. - The Wesley College women's soccer team created chances, but could not capitalize on them as the squad fell on Saturday evening to Capital Athletic Conference foe Christopher Newport University, 2-0.

Taylor Lynch made one save and allowed one goal in the first 14:48 of the contest before being relieved by Antonia Pote due to injury. In over 75 minutes of play, Pote made a career-high 17 saves and allowed just one goal to keep the Wolverines in contention. Christopher Newport goalkeeper Carly Maglio made five saves, including a pair of breakaway stops, to earn the shutout win.

The Captains got on the board early with a goal in the sixth minute of play. Victoria Perry gathered a botched clearance attempt by a Wesley defender and beat Lynch for the team's first goal of the game. 

In the 15th minute, the Captains had a breakaway opportunity, but Lynch came up large with a miraculous save on the play. During the collision with the CNU player, Lynch sustained an upper-body injury and was forced out of the game. Pote came in and had a career day in relief of the starting goaltender.

Moments later, Samantha Netterman played a brilliant through ball behind the CNU defense where Janiah Moore beat two Captain defenders in a foot race. The freshman went left with her breakaway opportunity, but Maglio dove to make an incredible save to stone the Wolverines' top scorer.

Christopher Newport added a second goal to their lead in the 27th minute, and the Wolverines entered the halftime break trailing 2-0.

In the second half, Wesley was outshot 24-6 but held tough with the Captains. The two squads played to a scoreless draw over the final 45 minutes. Wesley nearly got on the board again with Moore running down a lofted ball down the right flank from Kaitlyn Ennis. The freshman forward beat a defender but was turned away once again by Maglio who earned the shutout.

Wesley falls to 5-7-2 on the season with a 2-4 mark in conference play. The squad will return to action on Wednesday, October 21 when they play host to CAC rival St. Mary's.