Charleston downs D&E, 4-1
ELKINS — Ettore Ballestracci and Eduardo Iranzo each scored two goals to lift the University of Charleston to a 4-1 victory over Davis & Elkins College Wednesday night in Mountain East Conference play at Nuttall Field.
In the first match between the former WVIAC foes since 2012, the MEC preseason favorite Golden Eagles (3-2, 3-0 MEC) scored just 4:51 into the contest when Ballestracci took a cross from Ploutarchos Alonefti and found the left side of the Senator goal.
In the 17th minute, UC extended the lead to 2-0 when Iranzo’s shot bounced off the crossbar and landed in the net.
The score remained 2-0 at the intermission before the Golden Eagles tacked on a goal by Ballestracci in the 57th minute and Iranzo scored less than 10 minutes later to make it 4-0.
D&E got its lone goal in the 63rd minute when senior Victor Pires’ high shot connected inside the right side of the UC net.
The Golden Eagles held a 11-3 edge on shots on goal and 5-1 advantage in corner kicks.
A total of 31 fouls were whistled — 13 against UC and 18 for the hosts.
Andri Gretarasson had two saves in goal for the Golden Eagles and senior Everton Carvalho had seven saves for the Senators.
D&E (1-2, 1-2) will return to action at 7 p.m. Saturday at home against Salem.
UC visits West Virginia Wesleyan at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday for a MEC contest.