MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Winning one-goal games is a great example of mental toughness.
The Wesleyan University men's soccer team continues to pass that test with flying colors, as the squad won its second straight one-goal game on Saturday evening, outlasting Swarthmore, 2-1, at Smith Field in Middletown, Conn.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Cardinals (2-0-0) scored the always important first goal in the 10th minute during their home opener, as senior standout Adam Cowie-Haskell, who led the squad with 19 points in 2016, netted a shot from the right side of the box off a nice lead pass by junior midfielder Komar Martinez-Paiz.
- Swarthmore sophomore goalkeeper Oliver Steinglass (2-2-0) responded with a stellar stop on a drive by Cowie-Haskell from straight on in the 15th minute. In the 17th minute, senior captain Nick Jackson sent a bullet off a Swarthmore defender, and then senior midfielder Charlie Livingstone stepped up in the box and drove a shot into the net, giving the Cardinals a two-goal advantage.
- Freshman forward Conor Gill brought the Garnet back into the game, tallying his second goal of the season off a rebound from a blocked shot in the 22nd minute.
- Senior midfielder Michael Nafziger tried to pull the visitors even in the 29th minute, as he sent a rocket right over the top of the right side of the net. Senior goalkeeper Brian Harnett (2-0-0) rose to the occasion in the 88th minute, stopping a strong drive off a free kick heading for the top right corner of the net off the foot of sophomore defender Trevor Homstad.
- Wesleyan remained undefeated against Swarthmore, as the Cardinals posted a commanding 4-1 victory in the only other meeting with the Garnet on Sept. 10, 2016, in Swarthmore, Pa.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- This back-and-forth matchup featured 17 shots from the Garnet and 13 from the Cardinals, with a yellow card being issued to each team. Wesleyan attempted four corner kicks and Swarthmore was awarded three, while the hosts were called for 18 fouls and the visitors were guilty of 12 infractions.
- Harnett has opened the season with back-to-back wins in net, making two saves on Saturday, while Steinglass suffered the loss with a two-save performance.
- Cowie-Haskell compiled a game-high six shots, with three being on net, and Nafziger compiled a team-high five shots for the visitors.
- The Cardinals have opened their season with two straight wins for the first time since 2014, which was also the last time they were victorious in their home opener.
- The Cardinals will be back in action on Wednesday (7:30 p.m.), as they will host Manhattanville at Citrin Field in Middletown, Conn.