Score: No. 4 Amherst 3, Wesleyan 2 (2 OT)
Records: Wesleyan (5-8-1, 2-7-0 NESCAC), Amherst (12-1-1, 7-1-1 NESCAC)
Location: Middletown, Conn. (Jackson Field)
Date: Saturday, October 22nd
Time: 2:30 p.m.
The Lead: The Wesleyan University men's soccer team suffered a heartbreaking double-overtime loss to Little Three rival Amherst College, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon at Jackson Field.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- In what was a highly intense game throughout, the two rivals played a scoreless first half.
- Play was fairly even in the first 45 minutes of action, with the Purple and White holding a slight edge in shots in the half at 8-6.
- The intensity picked up in the second half between the two rivals, who, despite the rain and wind, continued to play at a fast pace.
- The Cardinals would finally break the scoreless tie at the 62:53 mark as Garrett Hardesty '18 broke through the Amherst defense, and found the back of the net for his fifth goal on the year.
- Wesleyan would bring the lead to two goals as, Jack Wolf '20 set up Adam Cowie-Haskell '18 for the goal at 74:26. The goal was Cowie-Haskell's eight on the season.
- The Purple and White would mount a comeback, scoring two goals late to tie the game.
- The first goal was scored at 84:14 as Rohan Sood put a shot past Eric Jasinski '17 to bring the Cardinals' lead down to one at 2-1.
- The visitors would tie the game on a Cameron Hardington goal at 88:30, and the two teams would head to overtime tied at two.
- Eric Gooden '19 had a good opportunity to end the game and give the home team the win in the first overtime, but his shot was saved by Lee Owen, and the teams would head to a second overtime period.
- Charlie Gruner '17 gave the Cardinals another excellent shot at upsetting Amherst, but his shot sailed just a bit high and off the crossbar.
- The visitors would win the game on a penalty kick by Bryce Ciambella at 108:32 to claim the 3-2 win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Shots were even between the two teams at 18 a piece. The Purple and White put eight of their shots on goal while Wesleyan put seven on net.
- The visitors held a slight advantage in corner kicks at 7-6
- Jasinski made five saves in the game.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- Prior to the start of today's game, the Cardinals honored their six seniors – Charlie Gruner, Dylan Hoy, Eric Jasinski, Jack Katkavich, Nick Miceli and Danny Rubenstein.
- Wesleyan will conclude its regular season on Wednesday, October 26th, as they will host Connecticut College at 3:00 p.m.
- Amherst will also conclude its regular season on Wednesday, as they will play host to Trinity at 3 p.m.