CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia Wesleyan has been playing stingy defense all season and especially of late.
So it was no surprise that even though Charleston was celebrating its 25th season of women's soccer and its senior night on Saturday at Trace Fork, the Bobcats were in no giving mood.
Wesleyan's Colette Biondi found the back of the net 17:20 into the match and the Bobcats absorbed body blow after body blow but never buckled in a 1-0 win over the Golden Eagles in front of a crowd of 350.
It marked the fourth straight shutout and the fourth straight win for the Bobcats (6-3-1), who've only yielded six goals in their 10 games this season.
Wesleyan coach Patrick Holguin said his defensive unit continues to get better.
"We've finally established a starting defense," Holguin said. "It's a group of juniors that have excellent chemistry - they've been together for three years. They work hard for one another and it's just a total team effort."
They certainly had to work to keep UC (4-5-1) at bay as the Golden Eagles fired 16 shots, including nine in the second half, and pressured the Bobcats relentlessly.
But as close as they came on several occasions, coach Todd Diuguid's Golden Eagles could never break through in losing their third 1-0 decision in the last four games.
"The effort was there," Diuguid said. "Anytime the effort is there and the work rate is there, you're pleased with your team's performance when they have the technical ability that we have.