Wolverines Strike Early, Outlast Mary Washington

Wolverines Strike Early, Outlast Mary Washington

DOVER, Del. - The Wesley College men's soccer team played the final 10:31 of Saturday evening's contest with Mary Washington with just 10 men, but still managed to come away with a 2-1 victory over their conference foes.

Zack Baker earned the win in net for Wesley making six saves and allowing just one goal. Matt Spencer allowed two goals and made three saves but took the loss in net for Mary Washington.

R.J. Dina notched a goal in the first minute of play, just 53 seconds into the game, to get the Wolverines on the board early. The midfielder won a header and drilled it into the side netting off of a corner kick from Will Mileski. The goal marked Dina's second of the season and just the third of his career and gave the Wolverines a 1-0 lead.

The senior's tally would hold up until the 67th minute when Wesley knocked in an own goal on a failed clearance. Justin Carey moved the ball down the right flank and crossed in a dangerous ball along the ground with pace. The Wesley defense attempted to clear the ball before it got into the goal mouth, but the clear came off wrong and found its way into the Wolverines' net, tying the game.

In the 75th minute, Zack Baker picked off a header before it could find the net. The sophomore blasted a punt up the field to forward Adrian Coverdale, who collected the ball, beat a defender and scored to put the Navy and White ahead 2-1 with just over 15 minutes to go. The goal marked Coverdale's second game-winner in as many games. Baker earned his first career assist on the play.

In the final minutes, the physical play of the game escalated, resulting in a Wesley booking in the 80 minute. A red card was issued, forcing the Wolverines to play a man down the rest of the way. For 10:31 the Wolverines hunkered down in a defensive formation, keeping the Eagles at bay. Wesley managed to keep Mary Washington from tying the game despite the disadvantage and earned the 2-1 win. 

The victory was the second consecutive for the Wolverines who improve to 3-5-1 on the season. Wesley begins their conference play with a win and will return to action on Tuesday, Sept. 29 when they host Eastern Mennonite University.