Wolverines Settle for Tie


DOVER, Del. -  The Wesley College men's soccer team battled Capital Athletic Conference rival Marymount to a 0-0 draw on Saturday afternoon.

With the tie, the Wolverines' record moved to 4-3-4 on the season, but kept Wesley in second place in the conference at 1-0-3.

The matchup was very even, with a lot of time spent battling in the midfield.  Wesley had two big scoring opportunities in the first half, both by Joshua Chelleh (Columbia, Md./Long Reach), but came up empty handed.  Marymount had several opportunities of their own, but goalkeeper Mark Mattern (Carney, Md./Kenwood) silenced the Saints.  Senior Nico Scarpato (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) also stepped up for Wesley with a huge defensive save.  At the end of the half, Wesley held a 7-4 advantage in shots, but the score remained knotted at 0-0.

The pressure remained on in the second half, where Wesley outshot Marymount 11-6.  Senior Thomas Yolain (Windsor Mill, Md./Randallstown) was able to squeeze by defenders for a breakaway, but Saints' keeper Mike Madigan kept the game scoreless.  Total shots favored the Wolverines 18-10 as the teams headed into overtime.

The first extra period was a test for the Wesley defense, who pushed the contest into a second extra frame despite Marymount holding a 4-1 advantage in shots in the first overtime.

The defensive struggle continued in the second overtime and the teams were forced to settle for a scoreless tie.

Wesley was able to pitch its fifth shutout of the season behind Mattern, who made seven saves.  Madigan made 12 saves for Marymount.

The Wolverines look to get back into the win column on October 5 at Delaware Valley in a 4:00 PM kickoff.