NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The Wesley College men's soccer team continued their hot streak, earning their fourth straight win and their seventh victory in eight contests with a 2-0 triumph over Capital Athletic Conference rival No. 13 Christopher Newport University.
The Wolverines were outshot 19-8 by the Captains, but converted on a pair of their chances while Zack Baker held the home team without a score. Baker's nine-save effort earned him his first shutout of the season as Wesley dealt Christopher Newport their first loss of the year.
Wesley struck early with a goal in the 11th minute off of a set piece header from Adrian Brice. Will Mileski teed up a beautiful service and Brice won the ball in the air, striking it goalwards for the score. The tally marked Brice's second goal of the season and made it 1-0. The Navy and White held tightly to their narrow lead for the rest of the first half. In the 41st minute, the Captains' Sean Christein was dealt his second yellow card of the match and was sent off with a red, giving Wesley the man advantage for the rest of the match.
In the second half, Baker was peppered by CNU attempts despite the Captains being a man down, but the Wesley goalkeeper turned away all opportunities keeping CNU at bay. The Captains continued to press numbers forward, leaving them vulnerable in the back. In the 62nd minute, the Wolverines triggered a dubious counter-attack in which Kyle Jackson sent a long ball up toward Adrian Coverdale at the top of the Wesley formation. The freshman forward netted his eighth goal of the season beating the keeper to the right to give the Wolverines a much needed brace and a 2-0 lead.
Baker and the Wesley defensive line held off a pesky CNU attack for the final 25 minutes of play as the Wolverines earned a huge conference victory. The win marks the team's first against a ranked opponent since at least 2007.
The Wolverines improve to 8-6-1 on the year after beginning the season with a 1-5-1 mark. The squad now owns first place in the CAC standings with a 5-1-0 record (15 points), and will face York (4-1-1 CAC record, 13 points) in another conference tilt on Tuesday, October 20.