WESLEY CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL
DOVER, Del. – After a thrilling overtime win over Marywood on Tuesday to advance to the semifinals of the Atlantic East Conference Championship Tournament, the third-seeded Wesley College men's soccer team battles the No. 2 seed Cabrini on Thursday.
"When Luis' (Cruz) goal went in the back of the net, there was a sense of relief," stated head coach Steve Clark. "You never want to go to penalty kicks because the game can go either way. It's a joy to get the win at home for the seniors and now you want to keep advancing to give the graduating guys one more game."
In the regular season, a 90th-minute goal downed Wesley in a 3-2 loss to Cabrini to open the conference slate. Wesley scored first in the game with a Chimaobi Ikwuagwu goal in the second minute of the game before Cabrini answered with two goals to end the first half.
In the 76th minute, Jordan Angel put away a rebound with a header to tie the game at two. The game was looking to go into overtime, but Cabrini had a free kick that found Andre Justin's head in the 90th minute to give Cabrini the win.
"I have to give Cabrini a lot of credit for the win against us in the regular season. They played right through the final whistle and they proved how dangerous they are with their set pieces and that's what did us in."
Following the Cabrini loss on Oct. 3, Wesley has been riding an impressive wave. Wesley comes into the semifinal match unbeaten for seven consecutive games, including their current six-game winning streak.
"I do believe in carrying momentum before, during and after a game. If you can convert solid scoring chances and play great defense, then that builds up confidence and is something that you can build on for the next game."
Cabrini goes into Thursday's game with a three-game winning streak, last defeating Immaculata 2-1 in overtime on Oct. 24. The Cavaliers have played stellar defense throughout the year, only giving up multiple goals in a game four times in 17 matches. Led by Andre Justin and Matt Ochman, Cabrini looks to advance to their fourth consecutive conference championship game.
The match from Cabrini's Edith Robb Dixon field is set for Thursday at 7 p.m.