FROSTBURG, Md. - The Wesley College Women's Soccer team struck first but could not hold off the Frostburg State attack as the Wolverines fell to the Bobcats 4-2 on Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Stadium in Western Maryland.
Janiah Moore netted both Wesley goals, her third and fourth of the season, with assists on both scores coming from Aline Check. Aleya Cummings was held scoreless for the second straight contest as the Frostburg defense keyed in on the Wolverines' top scorer. Sam Brannigan made 10 saves on the day in the loss.
The Wolverines took the lead on a first half score from Moore. Check broke down the defense to find Moore with a through ball in the 35th minute and the sophomore goal-scorer regained her form from last season when she scored 13 goals to finish the ball and put Wesley ahead 1-0. Wesley held on to their 1-0 lead into the halftime break.
In the second half, the Bobcats came storming back. Frostburg scored just 1:08 into the second half to tie the game and again in the 65th minute to take the lead. The Bobcats' advantage didn't hold for long as Check connected with Moore again just 2:07 later to level the score at 2-2.
In the 69th minute, the home team took the lead again with a third score. Wesley battled but couldn't find a quality opportunity to tie. The Bobcats took advantage of the Wolverines' offensive pressure and gained a penalty kick in the final minutes to add to their tally and increase their lead to 4-2.
For Moore, the multi-goal game was the fourth of her career. The Dover native scored more than once in three contests last season, including a four-goal game against Cairn. The scores on Saturday marked her 16th and 17th career goal, moving her into Wesley's top 10 all-time in goals scored.
Wesley opens their CAC schedule with an 0-1 mark and will return to Drass Field on October 1 to take on Christopher Newport in another CAC contest.