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Former Plum GK Hubner makes five PK stops to lead WV Wesleyan to upset wins, advance to DII Sweet 16

Photo from WVWC twitter

As the sixth-seed in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional this past weekend, West Virginia Wesleyan women’s soccer team were a long shot to make it to the Regional Finals, and advance to the Sweet Sixteen in the National Tournament, but that’s exactly what they did this weekend.


The Lady Cats did it by defeating a pair of ranked teams from Pennsylvania, upsetting No. 18 Kutztown in penalty kicks, 4-1, in first-round action, then they did it again, knocking off regional hosts No. 8 West Chester in penalty kicks as well.

Cheslea Hubner (From WVWC twitter)

On Sunday, former Plum standout Chelsea Hubner would deny the third and fifth attempts for West Chester.

Hubner also stopped three penalties in Friday’s shootout against Kutztown.

Orian Barr, Natalie PraterCarolyn Saulle, and Natlie Pireu would all make their attempts for Wesleyan to move them past second seeded West Chester.

In Friday’s shootout, Wesleyan used goals from Natalie Pireu, Natalie Prater, Carolyn Saulle and Orian Barr to earn the victory.

The Lady Bobcats (14-1-5) used strong play from goalkeepers Hubner and Ashlee Schumacher in each victory as they were outshot in both matches.

The Lady Cats will play the Atlantic Regional final next week against Bloomsburg, who defeated East Stroudsburg, 1-0, on Sunday.

The Women’s NCAA Division II soccer Final Four and National Championship games will be played in Pittsburgh, at Highmark Stadium on November 29 and December 1.

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John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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