Wheeling, W. Va. – The last time the Wheeling University men’s soccer team (3-2, 2-2) entered the field, things didn’t go the way they bowed to Notre Dame College 7 -0. They return home to Bishop Schmitt Field this weekend in search of a rebound when they host Gannon University in non-conference action at 1 p.m. ET.
Notre Dame College scored two first goals in the 15th and 20th minutes of the game, but the Cardinals held them off the table the rest of the game and came in at halftime, down 2-0. However, the second half of the game got out of hand as the Falcons scored five unanswered goals in the final 45 minutes of the game to secure the 7-0 victory. Wheeling was dominated in the game 19-5 and only put in two shots on goal compared to five for the Falcons.
Leading the offensive attack by putting the only two shots on goal during the day was in grade two Sam clark (Henley-On-Thames, UK / Gillotts). Clark came off the bench and led the way with two shots on goal while playing 36 minutes into the game. The other three shots in the game were taken by TJ Cherry (Pittsburgh, Pa./Seton-LaSalle HS), Hugo rodriguez (Madrid, Spain / Colegio San Buenaventura) and Salem Mwela (Lusaka, Zambia / Rhodes Park School), but neither of those shots fell on goal.
The loss dropped the men to 2-2 in the Mountain East Conference (MEC) game and dropped them to sixth in the conference standings. Saturday’s non-conference game is a chance to get back on track before ending the season with 11 consecutive conference games. Wheeling is a perfect 3-0 at home this season, and they’re hoping the return to their home ground will be enough to get their momentum going in the right direction.
The Cardinals and Golden Nights have faced each other eight times since the 2002 season, and Wheeling had the advantage with a 5-3 record in those games. The two teams have split the last five games of the series, but Wheeling is undefeated against Gannon at home. They are averaging 2.5 goals per game in those four home games and have scored at least three goals in three of those four games.
The last clash between the teams took place on October 26, 2013, in a match Wheeling won 3-1. Former Cardinal Luke Roan started the scoring in the 19th minute, and Wheeling came in at half-time with that score. The Cardinals added two more goals in the 66th and 81st minutes by former Cardinals Jordan Frommeyer and George Noubossie to secure the 3-1 victory.
Saturday’s men’s soccer game kicks off at 1 p.m. at Bishop Schmitt Stadium. You can get tickets for the game by clicking on HERE, watch the live broadcast by clicking on HERE, or follow live statistics by clicking on HERE.