BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan men's soccer team picked up a key non-conference victory this afternoon over the Shippensburg University Raiders at Culpepper Stadium.
The Bobcats of head coach Gavin Donaldson won a 2-1 decision.
Juwon Akintunde gave Wesleyan a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute after he beat Shippensburg keeper Garrett Watson with a penalty kick.
Watson was called for the foul that set up the penalty kick.
Luca Falconeri scored from inside the box in the 54th minute to treat Wesleyan to a 2-0 lead.
Conor Davies (pictured) was credited with the assist on the score.
Shippensburg's Jan Striewe scored on a direct kick from 25 yards out to put the Raiders on the board in the 74th minute.
Shippensburg kept the pressure on the Bobcat defense in the final 15 minutes, but Wesleyan kept them off the scoreboard for the one-goal victory.
The Bobcats had a 12-9 lead in shots and a 7-4 margin in shots-on-goal.
Wesleyan keeper Alessandro Armenia turned away three shots as he notched his fourth win of the year.
Fouls were even at 13 apiece.
The loss dropped Shippensburg to 5-4 overall.
The 'Cats improved to 5-4.
Wesleyan will return to action this Tuesday when they host Concord in a Mountain East Conference battle.
The game is slated to start at 5 p.m.
(Photo courtesy of Peter Galarneau Jr.)