Kerry Doyle '14 Nets Two Goals in Final 10 Minutes to Propel Women's Soccer Past Trinity, 2-1, as Cards Get 5th Seed in NESCACs
Scoring a pair of goals in the final 10 minutes, with the game-winner coming at the 2:07 mark, Kerry Doyle '14 (#7, photo) made a 2-1 victor of homestanding Wesleyan over in-state rival Trinity Tues., Oct. 25. Trinity had taken the lead in the 23rd minute and held a 1-0 advantage for about 58 minutes before Doyle evened the count at 1-1 with 9:13 left in the second half.
Laura Kurash '13 started the play with a push pass to Barrie Lindsay '12, who sent a through-pass behind the Trinity defense. Doyle got to the ball first and immediately sent a rolling ball past the Trinity goalie into the back right corner of the net. Seven minutes later, Doyle challenged a Trinity defender on a clearing kick and redirected it toward the Trinity net outside the box. The ball spun back to Doyle behind the defense and before the keeper could make a late charge to the ball, Doyle lofted a bounding ball slowly into the net from 16 yards away. For Doyle, it was her fifth goal of the season, which ranks second on the Cardinal squad.
Trinity took advantage of a misplay by the Wesleyan defense to grab a 1-0 lead at 22:15 of the opening half. The Bantams sent a ball into the box to the right side. An attempt by a Wesleyan defender to clear the ball resulted in a loose ball to the left side where a waiting Trinity forward got possession and found the back of the net to the right.
Midway through the second half, Trinity had a great opportunity to up its margin to 2-0 but Wesleyan keeper Jessica Tollman '15 came up with three stops in short order to keep it a one-goal game. In the final minute, Tollman, who finished with six saves, made two more stops after a Bantam corner kick to the middle of the box brought about a head-ball shot, and then an eventual final shot with a sharp left-footed attempt to the right post. The Bantams outshot the Cardinals, 15-10, in the contest.
With the win, Wesleyan temporarily moved into fourth place in the NESCAC standings and would have hosted a first-round tournament game Sat., Oct. 29 if Bowdoin had defeated Tufts in their regular-season finale Wed., Oct. 26 in Brunswick, Me. Tufts, however, won the game vs. Bowdoin, 3-1, to move back into fourth place. As the fifth seed, the Cardinals will visit Tufts for a first-round game. Tufts defeated Wesleyan, 1-0, in their regular-season battle in Medford, Mass. With its ninth win of the year, Wesleyan has its most victories in a season since setting the program record in 1994 with 12. No other Cardinal squad has produced more than eight triumphs. Though the Bantams still lead the series vs. Wesleyan by an 18-11-5 mark, Wesleyan has captured four of the last six meetings.