Cardinals Fall to Wheaton, 2-1

Photo by Peter Stein '84
Photo by Peter Stein '84

THE BASICS:

Score:
Wheaton 2, Wesleyan 1
Records:
Wesleyan (5-5-1, 2-4-0 NESCAC); Wheaton (8-6-1, 1-2-1 NEWMAC)
Location: Middletown, Conn. (Jackson Field)
Date: Tuesday, October 11th
Time: 4 p.m.
The Lead: The Wesleyan University men's soccer team suffered a 2-1 loss to Wheaton (Mass.) in a hard fought contest on Tuesday afternoon at Jackson Field. 

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The Lyons got on the board first at 23:03 as Curran Wait notched his third goal of the season, sneaking the ball past Cardinals' goalkeeper Eric Jasinski '17. 
  • A short while later, the visitors would add to their lead as Roni Diniz found the rebound off Wait's bicycle kick for the goal and the 2-0 advantage. 
  • Nick Jackson '18 made numerous tackles in the half to help keep Wheaton from gaining any more momentum.
  • In the second half, Wesleyan would have a great scoring opportunity as Adam Cowie-Haskell '18 set up Charlie Gruner '17 for a shot, but a Lyons defender got in front of it and spoiled the opportunity. 
  • A Wheaton foul would give the Cardinals a penalty kick, which was taken by Gruner. His shot would be saved by Erik Wisniewski, but Alec Haas '20 would come in off the side of the box for the rebound and stick the shot in the corner of the net at 61:05 to bring the home team to within one goal at 2-1.
  • Garrett Hardesty '18 and Haas put together back-to-back scoring chances in the 66th minute, but Wisniewski and the Lyons' defense would keep Wesleyan from finding the back of the net and tying the game, as Wheaton would claim the 2-1 victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Jasinski suffered his first loss on the year, as he made four saves in net.
  • Wisniewski earned his seventh win, making seven saves in the contest.
  • Gruner led the Cardinals in shots as he took five on the day with two being on goal.
  • Wesleyan took 20 shots to Wheaton's 17.
  • The Cardinals held the edge in corner kicks at 2-1. 

UP NEXT:

  • Wesleyan will return to the field on Saturday, October 15th to take on NESCAC and Little Three rival Williams College at 12 p.m. in Williamstown, Mass.
  • The Lyons are back in action on Saturday as well as they will host Emerson at 3 p.m.

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