Tori Redding '13 (#60, photo by Scott Porter) posted her second straight shutout this season by making seven saves as the Cardinals got a leg up on the 2012 Little Three race, defeating Williams soundly Sat., Sept. 22, 3-0. Three different players registered goals with Mackey Hemphill '15 getting credit for the game-winner, converting a pass from Taryn Murray '13 in the 21st minute to give Wesleyan the lead for good.
When Murray scored a goal of her own eight minutes later with Averill Roberto '13 getting the helper, the Cardinals had a 2-0 edge they carried into intermission. Wesleyan then held the Ephs to a mere three shots in the second period, all of which Redding turned aside to preserve the shutout. When Hannah Plappert '16 knocked home a shot with 4:27 to play, Wesleyan locked up the 3-0 decision. Murray now has a team-leading three goals and two assists for eight points on the season.
Wesleyan returned to action Tues., Sept. 25, hosting Mount Holyoke in non-conference action. Wesleyan got first-half goals from Amber Bruckner '15 and Blair Ingraham '14 to gain control of the scoreboard, then played Mount Holyoke even on the scoreboard in the second half with each team scoring once as the Cardinals extended their control of the series against the Lyons to 26-6-2 all-time with a 3-1 win. Wesleyan is back in action Sat., Sept. 29 hosting NESCAC rival Middlebury while riding a three-game win streak.
Wesleyan got on the board 7:36 into the contest when Bruckner netted her first goal of the season after receiving a pass from down low on the left from senior Ashley McLaren. Bruckner then pushed a shot through a bit of a crowd and the ball found its way into the net for the 1-0 edge. With 8:43 left in the half, a strong individual effort by Ingraham, who got possession 40 yards from the net and raced over the left side to beat the Lyon keeper. It was the first goal of the season for Ingraham.
Wesleyan upped the margin to 3-0 with 21:13 left in the game on a rebound goal by Bruckner, giving her a two-goal game, after a pair of shots by Taryn Murray were stopped in front. Mount Holyoke averted a shutout when the Lyons converted a penalty corner with 12:23 remaining.
Redding picked up eight saves as the Cardinals generated s 20-11 margin ion total shots.