Unranked VWC delivers shocker against No. 1 OWU in Wesleyan clash
NORFOLK, Va. -- A tablespoon of disappointment mixed in with a pinch of embarrassment combined to spark one of the most redeeming efforts in Virginia Wesleyan history.
Playing in front of an overflow crowd on Foster Field at the Trinder Center, the Marlins stunned Ohio Wesleyan with a 3-0 victory against the nation's No. 1 team and the defending DIII champions.
It was an effort that spread across the field and lasted from horn to horn as the Marlins produced a consistent attack on both ends of the field to keep the Battling Bishops (0-1-1) off balance. VWC (1-1) ignited the large crowd with a pair of first half goals and tacked on one more in the second half.
While the entire team erupted in celebration after the first goal in the 39th minute, no one was more excited than the scorer, freshman Austin VonVille, who grew up and played soccer not far from the Ohio Wesleyan campus on the northwest side of Columbus, Ohio.
Celebrating with him was sophomore Blake Eshelman, a VWC starter and fellow native of the Columbus area.
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"The Ohio kids were excited," VWC soccer director Jeff Bowers said. "We were all excited and it was a good win for us. It takes everyone collectively to play to that level, not just one person, but everyone. Tonight we played as team. I'm very happy for them."
Virginia Wesleyan displayed some speed and quickness that gave the Marlins the upperhand in many situations, particularly on the defensive side stepping in to repeatedly take the ball away from the Bishops.
When OWU did find the openings for shots, freshman goalkeeper Jake Burtch was there to keep the ball out of the net. He faced 10 OWU shots and produced four saves.
Offensively, sophomore Chris Cooke and freshman Travis Walke helped set the tone early, and sophomore Isaac Arington contributed impressively coming in off the bench. In fact, Arrington assisted on two goals and scored the Marlins' lone second half goal.
"This was a great win for us, but we still have a long way to go," Bowers said. "We have a lot of young talent and we're trying to develop a winning culture, a winning mentality. It takes time to get that done."