West Virginia Wesleyan returned to the top of the WVIAC mountain in women's soccer Sunday night, winning its fourth league title in the last five years, downing the University of Charleston 1-0 in the title game.
Freshman speedster Jocelyn Prescott delivered the game winner early on, scoring off a Jade Smith assist at the 14:08 mark.
Just as Coach Patrick Holguin's team has been doing all year, the Lady Bobcats rode their defense to the title. It was the 12th shutout the team has posted in the season's 19 matches. After a midseason shutout of a ranked California (Pa.) squad, Holguin remarked about how special this squad is from a defensive standpoint.
"It is not just the defense and the goalkeeper, this is a squad that plays great team defense all over the field," Holguin said. "They do a good job of not allowing the other team to create opportunities cutting them off at the attack."
This philosophy was evident, as the Lady Bobcats avenged their regular season loss to the Golden Eagles when it mattered most.
Following Prescott's early tally, Charleston could never provide the equalizer.
Charleston ends its season at 9-9-3 overall. It made the title game as the No. 5 seed, upsetting regular-season champ Alderson-Broaddus to reach the final.
Wesleyan takes the title with an overall record of 11-5-3.