Quick Start by Marlins Sinks Bishops
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University men's soccer team scored all three of its goals in the first 12 minutes of Tuesday's match, defeating North Carolina Wesleyan 3-0 in non-conference action.
VWU came out fast offensively, taking advantage of a flat N.C. Wesleyan defense. The Marlins scored the first goal of the game a minute into the match as Ricky Perrault raced up the left side, crossing it into the box to Andrew Duenke.
The Marlins took advantage 90 seconds later after keeping the ball in the Battling Bishop zone. Andrew Freeman ripped a shot in the box that was saved by Jordan Williams but the rebound was finished off by Ryan Kraus for his first goal of the season.
Kraus collected his second goal of the game at 11:54 when he headed away an Alex Suprise corner kick.
N.C. Wesleyan settled in after the early Marlin onslaught, maintaining possession for most of the half but the VWU defense, anchored by Austin McKenzie, kept the Battling Bishops from scoring.
The guests put five shots on goal during the match, but Nick Peterson who was making his first career start, managed to turn away all five to preserve the shutout. Williams finished with four saves for N.C. Wesleyan (0-4).
Shots were even at 10, while Virginia Wesleyan held a 6-2 edge in corner kicks.
Virginia Wesleyan (3-1) travels to Penn St.-Berks (2-2) on Saturday for a 1 p.m. start.