Scots fall to N.C. Wesleyan, 2-0, in physical USA South bout

Scots fall to N.C. Wesleyan, 2-0, in physical USA South bout

Maryville College fell to USA South foes N.C. Wesleyan College on Sunday, 2-0, in a physical match on the Scots' home pitch.

The match – that saw 42 combined fouls and six yellow cards – allowed the Scots to rally late to even the shout count. However, a free kick goal and a second-half blast proved too much.

N.C. Wesleyan totaled 18 shots to 10 from Maryville, as the Bishops found three on goal. The Scots totaled three shots on goal, as Tobias Borzel turned away each.

In the first 20 minutes, N.C. Wesleyan had a pair of free kicks just outside the box. Maryville was able to turn away both in the physical match, as Trevor McDonald blocked the closest attempt.

The Battling Bishops had another opportunity during the 27th minute, as Matteo Costa slipped behind the Scots' defense. He lofted a high shot that sailed just over the crossbar, before Aazah Daniel forced Mykal Manfred to turn away a shot just a minute later.

N.C. Wesleyan would find the first score of the match in the 36th minute, as a Scots' foul 2 yards in front of the box set up the score. Costa split the Maryville wall, playing a low ball to the right side. It was his eighth goal for a 1-0 lead.

The Scots managed four shots in the opening half, as the two teams combined for 17 total fouls and one card. The Battling Bishops held a five-shot advantage with nine, as a pair of those found frame.

Maryville found their first shot on goal in the 55th minute of action, as Gavin Dougherty found a loose ball in the top of the box. He lofted a high shot, as Bishop keeper Tobias Borzel pulled in the save.

N.C. Wesleyan found a second goal 71st minute. On a cross from the free kick Jack Holden, MC's keeper came up to steal the ball away. Joseph Brooks managed to get a piece of the ball, slipping it into the upper left corner for a 2-0 advantage with just under 20 minutes remaining.

Maryville College (10-6, 8-3 USA South) saw Aaron Rucker, Johnny Rakhmonberdiev and Trevor McDonald record two shots each, while Rucker, Dougherty and Ryan Clift had a shot on frame.

N.C. Wesleyan College (13-2-1, 11-1) was led by Costa's five shots, as he added a goal, while Joe Brooks had three shots and a goal.

Maryville will return to USA South action on Friday, Oct. 25, as the Scots travel to Raleigh, N.C. The Scots face William Peace at 6:00 p.m., before taking on Greensboro College at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26.