DOVER, Del. – Wesley College closed out a brutal three games in three days swing to open the season with a 2-1 victory over St. Elizabeth College on Sunday night at Scott D. Miller Stadium. The Wolverines improve to 2-0-1 with the win while the Eagles fall to 1-1 overall.
Defender Kerri Pagels got the Wolverines on the board with her first career goal in the 19th minute. Fellow back Stevi Carpenter controlled the ball on the far side of the field and reversed the ball back to Pagels. With several yards of space, Pagels dribbled closer and fired a shot into the lower left corner for the score.
St. Elizabeth was able to tie it up 14 minutes later as Cassidy Crane was taken down in the box and was awarded a penalty kick. Crane blasted a shot in the upper left corner leaving Wolverine goalkeeper Sydney Kahan no chance to make a play.
The teams would go scoreless the remainder of the first half and the game remained deadlocked at one until the 79th minute. A relentless Wesley attack, which outshot St. Elizabeth, 22-4, earned a corner kick and Megan DeFalco lined a shot directly in front of the goal. There was Kelly Edmunds, who put the loose ball into the back of the net for the game-winner.
Eagles goalkeeper Catherine De La Cruz stopped nine shots, four in the first half and five in the second, keeping the match close. Kahan made a pair of saves for Wesley, who allowed just the penalty kick goal in the first 290 minutes of action this year.
Up next for the Wolverines is a home match against Rutgers-Camden on Wednesday, September 5. Kickoff from Scott D. Miller Stadium is slated for 7:00 pm.