Thirteen-Game Win Streak vs. Conn Comes to an End as Cardinals Drop NESCAC Battle, 1-0
Conn. College scored on a dive header in the 67th minute to break a scoreless tie and it proved to be the game's only goal as the visiting Camels upset homestanding Wesleyan, 1-0, Wed., Oct. 17. The Camels ended a 13-game losing streak vs. Wesleyan with the triumph, dating back to 1998, and shut the Cardinals out for the first time since 1995, spanning 16 contests. Conversely, Wesleyan had defeated Conn nine times by shutout during its 13-0 run, and leads the overall series by a commanding 28-8-2 mark.
In an evenly played game with the Camels holding a slim 13-11 edge in total shots, a centering pass from the right side set up the winning goal that beat Wesleyan keeper Adam Purdy '13 (six saves), who had just saved an initial shot from the left side. The rebound found its way to the right side of the Wesleyan zone.
Noah Schlesinger '13 (#8, photo) had the two best chances to score for the Cardinals, one in each period. His first-half shot from 18 yards out sailed just over the net. In the second half, he took a through pass on the left side and moved in alone on the Camel goalie with 17 minutes to play. The keeper made a great stop of Schlesinger's chip shot, then after Evan Hazelett '13 got the rebounds and sent another shot toward the Conn net through a maze of players, the ball eventually ended up in the goalie's possession as he lay on the ground 15 feet from the goal line.
Wesleyan remains in third place in the NESCAC standings with a 5-2-1 conference mark, four points ahead of fourth-place Tufts, with two games left. Wesleyan hosts first-place Amherst (7-0-1), ranked first in New England and second nationally, on Sat., Oct. 20 in its next start, before finishing the regular season at Trinity Wed., Oct. 24.