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Wesleyan takes pair from Pitt-Johnstown

September 17, 2012
By Jesse Skiles Sports Correspondent ( , The Inter-Mountain

BUCKHANNON - West Virginia Wesleyan scored early and often Sunday in its 6-0 victory over winless Pitt-Johnstown.

The Bobcats drilled home four first-half goals to mount a comfortable 6-0 lead at the half.

Nicholas Amberman got the scoring parade started, producing an unassisted goal just 3:49 into the contest. Jordan Halpern, fresh off his game-winner in Friday night's overtime win, scored off a Daniel Smee assist at the 13:43 mark.

Matt Brown scored the next goals with the first coming at the 17:38 mark off an assist from Alexandre Zidani. He found the back of the net again at 33:32 off a pass from Joe Ferraraci.

Sam Turner scored from Tyler Marshall just seven minutes into the second half, extending the advantage to 5-0. Robert Brenton closed the day's scoring in the contest, hitting the twines at the 76:00 mark.

Wesleyan outshot the Mountain Cats 10-0, which created an easy non-save shutout for goalkeeper Derek Ayers. The Bobcats also earned all six of the game's corner kicks.

Wesleyan, which improves to 4-1 with the win, will travel to Seton Hill for 5 p.m. contest on Wednesday.


Wesleyan 1, Pitt-Johnstown 0

BUCKHANNON - West Virginia Wesleyan continued its stifling defensive play on Saturday, blanking Pitt-Johnstown 1-0.

The Lady Bobcats, who recorded their fifth-consecutive shutout, have now gone an amazing 542 minutes without giving up a goal.

"It was another strong defensive performance for us," Wesleyan coach Patrick Holguin said. "We did a good job of taking it to them and applying pressure. We just couldn't get on the tail end of a lot of balls that we could have finished."

Pitt-Johnstown, which entered the contest 4-1 on the season, battled Wesleyan to a scoreless deadlock at the half. The Lady Bobcats' Hannah Gurtis broke the tie at the 63:57 mark, scoring off an assist from fellow freshman Kristen Hoo.

Wesleyan had five shots on goal compared to only one for the Lady Mountain Cats. Holguin's crew also led in corner kicks, 3-1.

Lauren Duncan had one save in goal for the Lady Bobcats, while UPJ keeper Timi Schick stopped four balls.

"I would have liked it if we could have found the net a few more times, but we did get a lot more pressure on them offensively," Holguin said. "I thought we got some nice play out of Kristen Hoo, (Heather) Sanders and (Amber) Wozny."

Wesleyan (3-1-2) will return to action Wednesday at the University of Charleston for a 7 p.m. contest.



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