Men’s football scores all five goals of the season in shutout against West Liberty

Wheeling, WV – After the women’s soccer team got a shutout in the first double game, the Wheeling University men’s soccer team (3-4-1, 3-2-1) hosted West Liberty in Game 2 of “The Battle for Wheeling.” It was a big night for the Cardinals offense as they scored the season’s best five goals in the game and earned a 5-0 shutout win over the Hilltoppers. Wheeling spread the love throughout the night as five different Cardinals scored on the night to lead the best effort of the season.

The Cardinals’ first shot of the day came in the 32nd second of the game as Harry Martin sent the ball high and to the right of the net. The Cardinals took each of the game’s first five shots, covering the first 17 minutes of the game. However, in the 26th minute of the game, the Cardinals broke through after a pair of fouls from Wheeling. The third time was the charm like Christian Ruud brought the ball up and found the net to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead. Ruud has now scored goals in each of his last two games as he begins to catch fire on the pitch. Eight minutes later, the Cardinals were back on after winning a 50/50 ball. Salem Mwelwa headed the ball and took control at the 30-yard line. He brought the ball upfield and shot inside the 10-yard line, slotting it past the diving keeper to extend Wheeling’s lead to 2-0.

As time ticked on in the first half, West Liberty had more opportunities, taking four shots in the final 10 minutes. However, none of those shots landed on the net and the score remained 2-0 for the last minute of the half. In the 44th minute, a West Liberty foul pushed Wheeling to a free kick at the 20-yard line. Graduate student Michael Martin took the kick and was able to navigate it into the net to extend the Cardinals’ lead to 3-0. It was the score that would send the team into the locker room as Wheeling rode high after a few tough games. As the game entered the second half, a pair of firsts happened as the Cardinals had to go to their bench and get some new faces on the court in the final 10 minutes of the game.

The first first came in the 48th minute of the game after the team came back in the second half. Another West Liberty foul created a Wheeling free kick and Diego Buenano would take it from the 25-yard line. He sent the ball flying towards the net and the freshman Adam Edvinsson directed the ball into the net. It was Edvinsson’s first career goal and he extended Wheelin’s lead to 4-0. After a few substitutions, another free-kick attempt came for Wheeling, this time in their defensive zone. Hamza Memon sent a nice ball down the field and Andre Bell picked up. He has found his place in the goalscoring position and carries the goalie for his first career collegiate goal. This gave Wheeling a 5-0 lead and the Cardinals won the game by that score. The five goals were the most scored in a single game this season for the men’s soccer team, which rebounded well.

Five different Cardinals scored goals in the game and Michael Martin led the way by scoring his goal on three shots, including two on goal. Christian Ruud and Andre Bell each took two shots, putting two on goal, while each scored goals and Adam Edvinsson scores his first career goal on two shots, including one on goal. Carlos Molina started in net and earned his second shutout of the year while making two saves on two shots faced. The win puts the Cardinals back over .500 in MEC play as they prepare for a tough test against the conference’s top two teams.

The Wheeling University men’s soccer team returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 24, when they host the University of Charleston at 7 p.m.

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