Wolverines Downed By Salisbury in Season Finale

Photo Credit: Leslie Alston
Photo Credit: Leslie Alston

SALISBURY, Md. - The Wesley College women's soccer team played tight with one of the CAC's top squads for the first half but were outlasted by the Salisbury University Seagulls on Wednesday afternoon, falling 2-0 to their conference rivals.

Antonia Pote made seven saves in net for the Wolverines but took the loss. Her Salisbury counterpart Hope Knussman made two saves to earn the shutout victory for the Seagulls.

Wesley was outshot 17-2 through the first half but played evenly with the Gulls and went into the halftime break tied at 0-0. Pote came up large with five first-half saves to keep the Wolverines at level pegging through the first frame.

In the second half, Salisbury had a few balls bounce their way to gain the lead. After a foul the Gulls were awarded a free kick from 30 yards out. The ball was sent into the mixer where it deflected on its way to the goal and ricocheted away from Pote who had already committed to one side. The fortuitous bounce gave Salisbury a 1-0 lead in the 58th minute.

As the Wolverines pressed for the equalizer, Salisbury scored again. The Gulls capitalized on the Wolverines forward pressure and converted their second goal of the game to take a 2-0 advantage. 

Wesley continued working for a goal but managed only two real chances in the second half. Freshmen Samantha Netterman and Janiah Moore each got a shot on goal, but were both turned away by Knussman to preserve the shutout.

Wesley finishes their season with a record of 5-10-2 and a 2-7-0 clip in the Capital Athletic Conference. The squad will graduate five seniors: Chelsea Marriner, Taylor Lynch, Lauren Price, Megan DeFalco, and Kerri Pagels, but return a solid nucleus for next season.