Trailing Conn. College 2-0 at halftime and in jeopardy of missing out on the NESCAC playoffs, the Cardinals got goals from Victoria Matthews '16 (#13, left side photo) and Marisa Yang '16 #1, right side photo) in the second half and came away with a 2-2 deadlock after two overtimes. It was the team's sixth tie of the year and gave Wesleyan a much needed point in the standings to secure the #7 seed in the NESCAC tourmament. As a result, Wesleyan got to visit #2 seeded Williams Sat., Nov. 2. A loss to Conn would have eliminated Wesleyan from post-season play.
Goalie Jessica Tollman '15, named NESCAC Player of the Week Oct. 28, came up with six saves in the contest and patrolled the goal area extremely well over the final 81:45 to give the rest of the Cardinals opportunity to catch the host Camels.
Matthews netted her team-high fourth goal of the season in the 56th minute, converting a pass from Hannah Jellinek '15 into a 25-yard bomb from a sharp angle on the right side that beat the Conn keeper high into the back left side of the net. Then in the 80th minute, Yang got her first of the season with a low push shot from the middle of the box after a centering pass from the left side by Sarah Sylla '17. Matthews also was credited with an assist on the marker.
In facing Williams in the first round of the NESCAC tourmament, Wesleyan headed back to the location of its last post-season contest as Wesleyan fell to Williams, 2-1, in the NESCAC semifinals last fall. When the teams met during the regular season three weeks ago, Williams escaped with a 1-0 win in overtime. Since then, however, Wesleyan had gone on a four-game unbeaten streak (1-0-3). The streak ended against the Ephs as the host prevailed, 3-1.
Williams got a pair of goals in the opening five minutes, putting the Cardinals in an immediate 2-0 hole. The teams placed scoreless for the next 70 minites before Isabel Clements '16 netted her first goal of the season to halve the deficit at 2-1 with just over 15 minutes to play. But with the Cardinals pressing for the equalizer, Williams capitalized to add an insurance goal with just 2:20 remaining, wrapping up a 3-1 victory. Shots favored Williams, 17-11, while both teams took three corners. Tollman ended the game with four saves.
(photos by Diane Stone P'15)