NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The Wesley College men's soccer team was edged by Neumann University 1-0 in the first game of the Christopher Newport Invitational on Friday afternoon.
Wesley conceded an early goal to the Knights and was never able to respond despite several opportunities, falling to their second one-goal loss of the season.
Ryan Sanders got the start in goal for the Wolverines. He made three saves but took the loss between the pipes. Tim Glaccum made eight stops to earn the clean sheet for Neumann.
The only goal of the game came in the second minute as the Knights earned a tally on their first shot on net. Neumann advanced the ball down the left side, gaining the end line and crossed the ball on a low line drive into the mixer in front of the net. Joe McDevitt got a flick on the ball, placing it in the lower right corner to give Neumann an early 1-0 lead.
Wesley outshot their opponent 11-9 on the day, and generated several more shots on goal. Glaccum was called into action to make eight saves, including six in the second half as the Wolverines continued to press the action and bring men forward. The Neumann keeper turned away every opportunity that Wesley manufactured.
Will Mileski tallied four shots on goal for the Wolverines while Tobi Sowande managed a to put a pair on net as well. Sowande nearly tied the game when his second half shot appeared to score, but the referee ruled the ball did not cross the goal line. Freshmen Sean Whelen and Adrian Coverdale each put a shot on goal as well.
The Wolverines fall to 0-2-0 on the season and will take on Virginia Wesleyan on Sunday.