Marlins Rally for 3-2 Victory in Battle of Wesleyan's

Marlins Rally for 3-2 Victory in Battle of Wesleyan's

Marlins Rally for 3-2 Victory in Battle of Wesleyan's

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- The Virginia Wesleyan College men's soccer team scored twice in the final 20 minutes to rally past North Carolina Wesleyan College 3-2 in non-conference action Wednesday night.

N.C. Wesleyan started the scoring early as A.J. Wadda scored the first goal of the game just 42 seconds into the contest when his shot into the low, left corner found the back of the net.

The Marlins responded defensively, limiting the Battling Bishops to just two shots the rest of the half. TreVaun Pendergrass helped out the defense, scoring off a rebound to even the score at one with 30 minutes to play until intermission.

The Battling Bishops scored first after the break when Anthony Cerina capitalized by going top shelf to get the lead back for the visitors.

With 16 minutes left in the contest, the Marlins rallied to tie the contest before securing their first lead a minute later.

Dillon Thompson was in the right place to score off a rebound at 73:59 to tie up the game. Andrew Duenke won the game for the Marlins when he faked a pass at 74:50, ultimately ripping a shot that found the back of the net.

Virginia Wesleyan held an 18-13 edge in shots while also holding a 5-4 lead in corner kicks.

Alex Magner finished with six saves for N.C. Wesleyan (7-4) as Jay Fox stopped three shots for the Marlins.

Virginia Wesleyan (3-4-2/0-1-1) hosts Bridgewater College (6-3-2/1-1) Saturday at 1:30 p.m.