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Soccer ‘Cats Stun No. 1 Charleston for the MEC Title

Nov 6, 2017

Matthew Bentley just added his name to the lore of the West Virginia Wesleyan men’s soccer incredible history.

The sophomore midfielder from London, England gave Wesleyan their first-ever Mountain East Conference Tournament championship with an overtime goal, stunning the No. 1 team in the nation, the University of Charleston Golden Eagles, with a 2-1 victory.

The win also gave Wesleyan an automatic bid into the NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Tournament that will begin later this week.

Bentley had a huge game as he scored both Wesleyan goals.

Things looked great for Wesleyan for the first 86 minutes of game.

They managed to get on the board in the 10th minute when Bentley scored the game’s first goal.

Juwon Akintunde was credited with the assist.

It appeared Wesleyan was going to leave Charleston with a 1-0 win, but the Golden Eagles tied it in the 87 minute when Robin Lapert put away a corner kick from Armando Tikvic.

With 3:51 gone in the overtime session, the Bobcats had a break away and Kazuma Takagi played a pass in front of the net to Bentley who scored the game winner.

Charleston outshot Wesleyan by an 11-6 margin and owned 7-5 margin in shots-on-goal.

Wesleyan keeper Alessandro Armenia made six saves to record the win.

Fouls were even at nine apiece.

Charleston will enter the NCAA Tournament with a 16-1-2 record.

Wesleyan will make the field with a 12-5-3 record.

The NCAA Tournament field will be announced on Monday.