RADNOR, Pa. – A hard-fought battle in the Atlantic East Conference Tournament Semifinals goes against the third-seeded Wesley College men's soccer team as they fell to the No. 2 seed Cabrini Cavaliers, 2-1 on Thursday.
Cabrini got up two to start the game. A Cabrini player drew a foul in the box in the 15th minute of the game. Jared Irwin converted the penalty kick to open the scoring. Four minutes later, Nick Booth played a corner kick into the box and Matt Ochman would get on the end of the corner to double Cabrini's lead.
Chimaobi Ikwuagwu drew a foul in the box to earn a penalty shot in the 28th minute. Ikwuagwu's blast would be saved by a diving Anthony Zampirri to keep Wesley off the board.
Ten minutes later, Wesley would draw another foul in the box and Nicholas Hood would step up to the spot. Hood would slot his penalty shot to the bottom right corner to cut the Cabrini lead in half.
Wesley would turn the pressure up in the second half, looking to nod the game up or take the lead. In the 80th minute, a cross into the box would find the head of Ikwuagwu. But, his header would be turned away by a good diving save by Zampirri to force a throw-in.
Twenty seconds later, Matthew Dina would have a go at goal but Zampirri stepped up again and made the save.
Wesley kept battling until the last minute, but Cabrini would be able to park the bus and advance to the conference final.
Wesley had the 24-9 advantage in shots, including a 14-4 edge in goals in the final frame. The Wesley defense played well to limit Cabrini to four shots on goal and one corner kick.
Kyle Springsteen made a pair of saves in net for Wesley. Anthony Zampirri stopped 11 Wesley shots in the win for Cabrini.
Wesley (14-4-1) will now wait for a potential bid to the Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament.