Wed, Oct. 10, 2012 - [Men's Soccer]
Javier Cervantes scored Kansas Wesleyan's only goal in the 83rd minute to propel the No. 13 ranked Coyotes to a 1-0 win over Tabor College on Tuesday night at Salina Stadium.
Wesleyan moved up one spot to the No. 13 position in the newest NAIA Top 25 poll released late Tuesday afternoon by the NAIA.
Tabor played on the defensive a majority of the match as the Coyotes possessed the ball for a good chunk of the match. Salvador Rosales nearly scored in the 28th minute on a header off a corner kick from Phillip Peralta. The Coyotes had another chance in the 35th minute on a shot by Jeremy Carroll that was saved by Tabor keeper Antoine Williams.
Wesleyan's best chance at a goal in the first half came in the final minute when Francisco Cantero fired a shot that was saved by Williams and Corey Nieto fractionally missed the rebound to send the match into the half tied at 0-0.
Tabor nearly scored in the 53rd minute when Roberto Escobar tried to shoot a ball to the far post, but missed wide. Wesleyan had another good chance in the 73rd on another set piece, but Jorge Oseguera's header was stopped by Williams.
Finally in the 83rd minute, the Coyotes got the chance they were looking for. The Coyotes had another corner kick from the left side and Peralta sent the ball high into the penalty area about eight yards out. The ball appeared to deflect off a couple Tabor players before Javier Cervantes got a blast off that found the back of the net for the goal.
Wesleyan's defense stiffened from that point, as Alex Montiel saved a header try by Tabor's David Simmet, and the Coyotes would hold on for the 1-0 win.
Wesleyan (8-2-2, 3-0 KCAC) outshot Tabor (6-6, 1-2 KCAC) 19-8 in the match led by Cantero with four. Montiel recorded the shutout win in goal, recording just one save on the night. Simmet paced Tabor's offense with four shots while Williams had eight saves in goal.
The Coyotes are back in action on Saturday, hosting Bethany College at 1:30 p.m., at Salina Stadium. The match is preceded by the women's contest between the Coyotes and Swedes which starts at 11 a.m.