Dover, Del. - The Wesley College men's soccer team trailed 2-0 at halftime, but fought valiantly to even the score, drawing within a goal in the second half. The comeback attempt came up short though as the squad fell 3-1 to Widener University on Wednesday night in Dover.
In the first half, Widener found a way to bury a pair of chances for an early cushion. Tori Remondelli scored off of a rebound to put the team ahead and then Eric Taylor buried a breakaway to make it 2-0.
Wesley generated chances in the first half, but their best opportunity didn't come until the 33rd minute. The Wolverines pressured the goal mouth, but the Pride cleared the ball to Bailey Lyons nearly 35 yards out. The right back sent in a high cross to the back post where Avery Brice went and met the ball, sending it goalwards. The header looked destined for the top left corner, but Widener goalkeeper John Rouse punched it away to safety.
In the second half Wesley looked refreshed, applying significant pressure to the Pride's back line. The Wolverines first goal came in the 71st minute when they earned a free kick nearly 30 yards out. R.J. Dina stepped up to the ball and delivered a beautiful curling strike that spun away from the Widener keeper and into the side netting, giving the Wolverines new life. The senior's first career goal made it 2-1 with just under 19 minutes to play.
Through the final 19 minutes, the Wolverines sent more and more men forward in search of the equalizer. The quest for the tying goal left the squad vulnerable in back and resulted in a breakaway for the Pride in the last minute. Eric Taylor went down in the box and was awarded a penalty, which Remondelli finished in the bottom left corner. The score made it 3-1 with 1:38 remaining and dashed the hopes of a Wesley comeback.
Ryan Sanders earned the start in goal for Wesley, making four saves. He took the loss between the pipes, allowing two goals in the first half. Zac Baker came on in the second half and made three saves but allowed a goal. John Rouse earned the win in net for the Pride, finishing with eight saves.
Wesley moves to 1-5-1 on the season and will take the weekend to rest and recover. The squad returns to action on Wednesday, Sept. 23 when they host Washington College in a non-conference bout.