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Wesleyan defender Jenna Alonge lifts a local youth soccer player into the air during player introductions on Sunday.

LBC unleash offense against Wheeling Jesuit, win 6-0

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Wesleyan College women’s soccer team was in action Sunday afternoon against the Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals. The Bobcats came into the game with six straight wins and an undefeated mark in MEC play and unleashed an offensive barrage to extend that streak with a 6-0 win.

It would not take long for Wesleyan to be on the attack. In the second minute, Natalie Prater fired a shot from 20 yards out that hit the post. MaKatlyn Tucker would gather the rebound and a get a shot off, but it was saved by the Wheeling keeper.

Wesleyan would have many chances in the first half and finally capitalized in he 29th minute when a throw-in from Audrey Barber bounced around in the box and was cleaned up by Carolyn Saulle for the goal. Kayla Fay would get a foot on it for the assist.

That 1-0 lead would stand into halftime, but Wesleyan was in control with a 11-4 advantage in shots.

Tucker gave Wesleyan their best chance to increase the lead in the early second half when she cut around a defender and had a one-on-one with the keeper, but her shot would go wide.

The Wesleyan offense really came alive starting in the 64th minute, when Haelly Ramirez would score a header off of a Natalie Prater corner kick. The Bobcats would lead at this point 2-0.

Two minutes later, the LBC would increase the lead to 3-0. Natalie Prater would play in a cross that went over the keeper to the foot of Saulle for the goal.

The scoring continued in 78th minute when Jadyn Tavelkelian played a ball to Audrey Barber, who had a one-on-one with the keeper and placed the ball in the bottom right corner to make it 4-0.

Minutes later Wesleyan would score their fifth goal of the game when Prater crossed in a ball to Madison Lapole, who slipped it past the keeper in the bottom left corner.

Danielle Jonas would finish out the scoring for the Lady Cats in the 87th minute to make it 6-0.

The Lady Cats remained undefeated in Mountain East play and held a 25-6 advantage in shots for the game. Saulle would be the game leader in goals with two, and Natalie Prater led the team with three assists.

The Wesleyan women will return to action at West Liberty on Thursday.

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