PHILIPPI - Alderson Broaddus University dropped the opener of its 2013 men's soccer season Thursday evening against visiting West Virginia Wesleyan College by a score of 5-1.
AB had the game's first shot on goal off of a penalty kick in the third minute. However, the first goal belonged to the Bobcats at 4:08 courtesy of Jordan Halpern off of an assist by Tim Haldeman.
Four minutes later, the Battlers answered when Jose Noriega headed a shot into the net from a pass from Sat Dhaliwal.
In the 10:00 juncture, AB had a chance to take the lead with a shot from a corner kick but Wesleyan's goalkeeper, Derek Ayers, stopped it at point-blank range. The Battlers took only one more shot on goal in the first half on a penalty kick by Dhaliwal at the 15:00 mark.
Meanwhile, the Bobcats took several more shots and surged ahead as Jens Demul directed the ball into the net off of a corner kick with 21:00 elapsed.
Wesleyan would score again in the first half at the 43:30 mark after AB's goalkeeper, Joey Wysocki, saved a shot on goal but could not cover the ball. Alex Zidani was there to put the carom into the goal.
The Bobcats appeared to be the faster and crisper passing team on this evening and it showed in the second half of the contest.
While AB would have just one shot on goal after intermission, Wesleyan exploded for 14 shots and scored twice more.
Wesleyan received another advantage at the 56:00 mark when Jacob Freeland was red-carded. With AB operating a man short, the Bobcats' Thomas Capstick scored an unassisted goal at the 69:00 mark, and reserve Simon Marange scored on a breakaway 18:00 later.
A melee broke out with 18:00 left in the game and after much confusion, red cards were issued for four more players. AB lost Pat Kelly and Cody Festge, while Wesleyan lost Haldeman and Joe Rajakumar.
The Bobcats used possession passing to close out the game from there.
Wesleyan had 23 total shots on goal in the contest to AB's six, and had a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks
AB will next play host to Washington Adventist University at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Wesleyan will receive a visit from Millersville University also at 2 p.m. on Sunday.