DOVER, Del. - In the 2015 season opener, the Wesley College men's soccer team fell to a bitter defeat, dropping a 1-0 tilt to McDaniel College on Tuesday afternoon at Drass Field.
Zack Baker made several key clearances, but was credited with only one save in net for the Wolverines. Nick Over turned away six Wesley shots to earn the win in goal for McDaniel.
The Wolverines controlled possession and the pace of play for the majority of the game, but it only took one lapse for the Green Terror to take the lead. In the 72nd minute, Storm Robinson wriggled free of the Wesley defense and ripped a knuckling strike that glanced off Baker's hands and in to give the visitors the lone goal of the match.
Wesley had several scoring chances throughout the game but could not convert any of them. Will Mileski nearly gave the home team a lead on several occasions through the first half. His best effort came in the 36th minute on a ball played in from nearly 40 yards out. Mileski put a brilliant redirect on the ball, flicking it over the line of defenders, including the McDaniel goalkeeper, but just wide of the far post.
Patrick Schlosser also created several opportunities, including the Wolverines cleanest look of the night. In the 41st minute he beat a defender on the dribble and ripped a shot from 20 yards out, but Over was up to task, breaking down in a dive to stop the ball. At the half the score remained level at 0-0.
In the second half, the Wolverines continued to dominate possession, passing around McDaniel defenders and generating solid build-ups throughout the attacking third but none were finished off. Wesley outshot the Green Terror 13-8 in the second half, but never managed to find the net as Robinson's 72nd minute tally stood as the game-winner.
The Wolverines fall to 0-1 on the season and will return to action on Friday, Sept. 4 when they travel to Newport News, Va. to take on Neumann in the Christopher Newport Invitational.