Ending 13-Game Losing Streak to Amherst, Cards Forge 2-2 Tie and Keep Alive NESCAC Hopes

Entering their game at Amherst Sat., Oct. 20 needing a tie or win to support their hopes of gaining a NESCAC tournament bid, Wesleyan led 1-0 and 2-1 but settled for a 2-2 tie in double overtime. It ended a 13-game losing skid vs. Amherst, which included two losses in overtime and five other one-goal setbacks since a 1-0 Wesleyan win in 1993. The main photo above shows how thigs began for the Cardinals go-ahead goal in the 71st minute as Kaitlin Ashley '11 (#4, right in photo) sent in a pass to Sam Blank '09 (#8, far left in photo). Blank kept the ball going goalward with a head flick as Nicole Gray '08 (#10, photo insert middle) track down the ball in the goal mouth and chipped it in over the Amherst keeper. Amherst got the equalizer in the 86th minute and the teams went scoreless through the 20 minutes of overtime. Cardinal netminder Andrea Giuliano '09 had several outstanding stops during the contest in posting 10 saves as Amherst fired 33 shots goalward to 13 for Weseyan. Blank had put Wesleyan ahead in the third minute by converting a penalty kick after Marissa Trevisan '09 was fouled in the box. Wesleyan, with its 2-5-1 NESCAC mark, is tied with Conn. College for the seventh and final NESCAC playoff spot, but Conn. College owns the tei-breaker due to its 2-1 OT victory against Wesleyan. If Wesleyan can win or tie at Bowdoin in its final regular-season game Sat., Oct. 27, and Conn. College falters against top-tier Tufts in its finale, Wesleyan would make the NESCAC tournament for the first time in team history.