Men’s football drop out of Charleston game
Charleston, W. Va. – The Wheeling University men’s soccer team (3-5, 2-4) hit the road Sunday to face the University of Charleston. It was the first of a row against the top two teams in the Mountain East Conference (MEC), and although they fought hard, they fell to the Golden Eagles 3-1.
Throughout the first half the two teams battled, Wheeling kept the University of Charleston on guard. However, in the eighth minute of the game, the University of Charleston would enter the board as Luis Maestre scored in the upper left corner of the net to give the Golden Eagles a 1-0 lead. It was one of 10 shots the Golden Eagles took in the first half as they outscored the Cardinals 10-2 in the first half. However, one of those two shots found the net as Hugo rodriguez tied with his second goal of the year which brought the score to 1-1. They entered at half-time with the same score of 1-1.
Wheeling only managed two shots in this first half, and they were looking for more opportunities in the second half.
The real star of the first half of the match was the Wheeling goalkeeper Harry firth. Firth allowed just one goal in that first half and made three saves on the four shots he landed. The Golden Eagles had a few scoring chances in that first half, but he stopped them dead and kept Wheeling in the game. In the second half, Wheeling was looking to launch his attack and find a way to support the sustained effort of his goalkeeper.
Wheeling would get those opportunities early in the second half, taking three of the first five shots of the half, putting one of those shots on goal. The two teams went back and forth for the first 25 minutes of the second half, but it was the Golden Eagles who finally broke through. They entered the council in the 71st minute of the match when Adrian Gamacho sneaked the ball Harry firth and gave Charleston the lead 2-1. After trying the game earlier today, Wheeling looked for the opportunity to bring the score again, but never found it.
The University of Charleston scored another quick goal in the 72sd minute that made it 3-1, and that’s all the Golden Eagles would need to beat Wheeling 3-1. The loss dropped Wheeling to 2-4 in conference and gave the team their fourth straight loss. However, they played well throughout the afternoon against one of the best teams in the Mountain East Conference, and they’re bringing some of that momentum back with them to their home turf. It’s one of the toughest stretches of the season for the men’s soccer team, but so far they’ve kept these top opponents off the board.
Leading the Day Offensive for the Cardinals was a freshman Armando Loynaz, who had two shots, one on goal in the game. Rodriguez only added one shot that day, but that goal found the next and gave Wheeling his only goal of the contest. Firth finished the day with three goals against but made five saves as he helped limit the Golden Eagles’ offensive offense. Wheeling ends that tough streak of games on Wednesday when they host Davis & Elkins and they hope to end it strong and continue to compete with the best teams in the conference.
The Wheeling University men’s football team is back in action when they host Davis & Elkins College with kick off at 7 p.m.