Moving to 3-0-1 on the season, and more importantly, 3-0 in NESCAC play, the Cardinals advanced into first place in the conference standings after handing Conn. College its first loss of the year, 1-0, in New London Wed., Sept. 21. It was the first time the Camels yielded a goal this season and it took Noah Schlesinger '13 (#19, main photo) just 5:43 into the game to put Wesleyan in the lead for good. Zach Dixon '12 sent a low cross from the left side that found a waiting Schlesinger on the far post for a one-timer from about eight yards away.
At the other end, Adam Purdy '13 (#30, photo insert upper right) stopped five Conn scoring bids in picking up his third shutout of the season and 16th of his career. He needs just two more goose eggs to eclipse the Wesleyan career mark for shutouts, held by Dave Barrett, who collected 17.5 during his four years.
While Wesleyan held a slim 11-9 edge in total shots, the Cardinals were held without a corner kick in the game while the Camels got off four. The win was Wesleyan's 13th in a row over Conn, dating back to 1998. Nine of the 13 have come via shutout as Wesleyan has a titianic 30-5 advantage in goals over the stretch.
Wesleyan takes on another undefeated NESCAC rival in its next start, hosting Little Three foe Williams Sat., Sept. 24. The last time the teams met, the Cardinals pulled out a 2-1 overtime triumph in Williamstown, Mass. during the opening round of the NESCAC tournament last fall. The regular-season battle of the squads resulted in a 2-1 OT victory for Williams in Middletown to open the campaign. The game on Saturday will feature LiveStats and can be viewed by clicking < here >.
(photos by Peter Stein '84)