Wolverines Outmatch Saints 3-1

Wolverines Outmatch Saints 3-1

DOVER, Del. - The Wesley College men's soccer team earned their second conference win of the season, downing the Marymount University Saints 3-1 in a clash between Capital Athletic Conference rivals. 

Zack Baker made four saves in the win between the sticks for the Wolverines while Logan Cropper finished with seven saves but took the loss for the Saints. 

The game was a physical affair with two big, strong teams battling throughout the contest. The match included 37 fouls and six total yellow cards, but the Wolverines kept their heads on the level and capitalized on their opponent's mistakes.

Wesley got on the board in the 27th minute when Sean Whelen struck his first collegiate career goal. The Oceanview, Del. native collected a botched clearance off of a Wesley corner kick at the top of the 18-yard box and struck a fluttering shot past Cropper for the score. 

The Saints tied the game just over 10 minutes later when Mynor Lopez found Ahmed El-Manialawy for a goal. Lopez snuck behind the Wesley defense and played a low cross into the Saints forward for the score, tying the game at 1-1. 

In the second half, Wesley controlled the pace and tempo of the game outshooting the Saints 14-4. Cropper made a few dazzling saves to keep the visitors in contention, but couldn't stifle the Wolverine offense. 

At the 50-minute mark, Adrian Coverdale scored his fifth goal of the season and his fourth in the last five games. The freshman from Camden, Del. ran onto a beautiful through-ball from Danny Garza, beat a defender and slotted it home for the eventual game-winner. 

In the 63rd minute, the Wolverines added an insurance goal to take the wind out of the Marymount sails. Coverdale beat a defender on the right flank to gain the end line and crossed it low into the box. Will Mileski made a great diagonal run and one-touched the ball past the Marymount keeper, making it 3-1 with just over 25 minutes remaining. 

Baker and the Wesley defense held up the rest of the way, helping the Wolverines earned their second conference win of the season and their first over Marymount since 2013. 

Wesley moves to 5-6-1 on the season, including a 2-1-0 record in CAC play, and will return to action on Saturday when they travel to Southern Virginia University to take on the Knights.