Goalie Emmett McConnell '15 (#30, bottom photo) made his second stop of a penalty kick this season, and its proved to be a game-saver as Dylan Hoy '17 (#23, top photo) netted his third goal of the year in the 86th minute to propel the Cardinals past Trinity, 1-0, Tues., Oct. 22. The triumph, Wesleyan's third straight vs. Trinity, ended a three-game winless streak this season and gave the Cardinals a much-needed lift in the NESCAC standings. Wesleyan sits in a tie for fourth with Williams, both 5-3 in the NESCAC. The Cardinals host Middlebury in a huge game Sat., Oct. 26 as the Panthers stand 5-3-1 in the league with Wesleyan as their final conference foe. A Wesleyan win, coupled with a final regular-season win at Conn. College Wed., Oct. 30, would assure the Cardinals of a first-round NESCAC home game.
A hard shot from a sharp angle on the right near the corner of the box by Hoy deflected off a Trinity player and into the net with just 4:30 to go in the second half at Trinity, accounting for the game-winner. Wesleyan had missed three prime scoring chances in the first half as Chris Kafina '16 twice banged a shot off the post while another Cardinal attempt just missed the mark by inches. Trinity's golden opportunity came on a penalty kick with about 10 minutes left in the first half, but a great diving stop to his left by McConnell kept it a scoreless tie.
A fine defensive play by Ben Toulette '16 in the closing seconds of the game also helped preserve McConnell's fourth shutout of the year as McConnell came up with three saves.
(photos by Peter Stein '84)