DOVER, De. - The Wesley College Men's Soccer team was on the receiving end of a bad hop that proved to be the difference in their 2-1 loss to Christopher Newport University on Saturday afternoon at Drass Field.
On a ball played into the Wolverines' box, a Wesley defender made an attempt to clear the ball, but it skidded off the wet pitch and took an uncharacteristic hop into the defender's arm. A handball was called, granting CNU a penalty kick. The Captains scored on the kick to take an early 2-0 lead, and their fortunate tally proved to be the difference in the game as Wesley fell 2-1.
The Captains didn't take long to get on the board, scoring just 1:47 into the match. Zachary Ballard finished off a goal with a quick shot to put the Captains ahead in the early going. Just a few minutes later, the Wolverines were struck by a second goal after the aforementioned misfortune.
The Wolverines hung tight, playing a physical game with the Captains throughout. Both teams battled for the remainder of the first half, but neither found the net as CNU took a 2-0 lead into the halftime break.
In the second half, Wesley broke duck with a goal in the 55th minute. The Wolverines converted on a set piece as Will Mileski drove a corner kick to the far post where Matthew Dina elevated and redirected the ball, short-hopping the keeper and finding the net for a score.
Wesley only had one more chance on goal over the final 35 minutes of play, but were turned away by the CNU keeper. The squad came up just short of completing the comeback, falling 2-1 to the conference competitor.
The squad moves to 2-5-2 on the year and will take on Marymount on October 5.