Wellman Heroics Carry Marlins to 3-2 Victory
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Sophomore Tyriq Wellman broke a 2-2 tie with his first goal of the season late in the contest to lift the Virginia Wesleyan University men's soccer team to a 3-2 victory over Averett University on Wednesday night.
The match, originally scheduled for the grass of the Trinder Center, had to be moved to the turf of Birdsong Field due to heavy rains in Virginia Beach that affected the playing surface. The wet turf resulted in a fast game as the ball flied along the artificial turf on each touch.
The Marlins capitalized first at the 14:22 mark when Harrison Weinfeld found Ricky Perrault for his second goal of the season. Weinfeld, from about midfield, played the ball up the left sideline where Perrault raced around a defender to track it down. He ran into the box with the right back on his hip, ripping a shot that skidded low and left of the Averett keeper.
Weinfeld was also instrumental in the second Marlin score of the match, 12 minutes into the second half. Abasi Jamison played a ball forward from the center stripe to Weinfeld. The sophomore drew out the keeper before chipping it over his head and into the open goal.
Determined not to be shutout, Averett got on the board at the 67:41 mark when David Cuperman sent a cross through the box where Ville Hautakangas found the back of the net. Cuperman assisted on the second Cougar goal as well, chipping it in to Daniel Surley to tie the contest with 15 minutes to play.
Both teams had chances to break the tie, with Averett possessing it for most of the final 10 minutes. Simon Holmstrom ripped a long shot with seven minutes to play that was saved by Jamison Auer to preserve the 2-2 score. Averett earned a corner kick a minute later, at 83:47, but the Marlin defense turned it away. Taking full advantage of the quick track, the Marlin unit turned the AU corner into a VWU goal just 50 seconds later.
Ryan Kraus received the ball on his foot of the defended corner, racing towards midfield where he found Wellman. The sophomore ripped a shot that was saved by the Averett keeper, but deflected right back out to Wellman where he chipped it into the back of the goal for the 3-2 lead with just 5:22 left to play.
Virginia Wesleyan led in shots, 18-10, and corner kicks, 9-4. Marius Olavesen made four saves for Averett (0-1-1).
Virginia Wesleyan (2-0) travels to Hood College (1-2) for a 3 p.m. non-conference match on Sunday.