DOVER, Del. - In their home opener, the Wesley College Women's Soccer team seemed to lack chemistry in developing their attacks. That was not a problem on Saturday afternoon as the Wolverines earned a 7-0 victory over Cairn University at Drass Field.
Freshman Aleya Cummings netted four goals while Janiah Moore, Antonia Pote, and Summer Stone each scored once and recorded an assist. Aline Check and Katie Ford each passed off a pair of assists as the Wolverines rolled to the victory. Sam Brannigan earned the shutout, patroling the Wesley net for 90 minutes without having to make a save.
Cairn goalkeeper Mackenzie Paugh did all she could to keep her team in the game, making 12 saves and shutting down several Wesley breakaways, but the Wolverines kept her under constant pressure.
Wesley started slow, scoring just once in the first half. Kayla Ryan played a ball off the back line to Janiah Moore who slipped a pass ahead for Cummings. The former Caesar Rodney teammates connected as Cummings sprinted past a defender to receive the through ball and blasted a left-footed goal home, making it 1-0.
In the second half, Wolverine tallies came in droves. Aline Check played a pair of brilliant balls out of the midfield up to Cummings for a pair of breakaway goals in the 51st minute and the 61st minute. The two scores were nearly identical as they gave Cummings her first collegiate hat trick and the Wolverines a 3-0 lead.
Katie Ford got involved in the scoring when she took on a Cairn defender, beating them to the right side corner and crossing a low ball across the goal face. Waiting on the back post was Stone for the tap-in goal, making it 4-0.
Just 1:02 later, Cummings added her fourth goal of the game on another breakaway, this time from Madison Roberts, to make it 5-0. Moore scored her first goal of the 2016 season off a pass from Antonia Pote to make it 6-0.
In the final minute of play, Wesley earned a corner and Katie Ford drove it to the near post. Stone flicked a header from the near post over the goalkeeper and into the mixer where Antonia Pote bodied the ball in to finish off the play.
The Navy and White improve to 1-1 on the season and will return to action on Sept. 6 when they travel to Neumann University to battle the Knights.