MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University men's soccer team faced a difficult task on Tuesday evening at Citrin Field, squaring off against the defending-national champion and No. 3-ranked Tufts University men's soccer team, as the Jumbos received points from six different players during a 3-0 win in Middletown, Conn.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Senior midfielder Kevin Halliday recorded the game-winning goal for the Jumbos (6-0-1, 3-0-1 in NESCAC), putting a header goal into the back of the net from point-blank range in the 30th minute. Sophomore midfielder Zach Lane picked up an assist on the tally, orchestrating the play with a run down the right side of the field and a cross into a dangerous area of the box.
- The Cardinals (5-2-0, 1-2-0 in NESCAC), who held a 6-4 advantage in shots during the opening 45 minutes, went down 2-0 in the 57th minute on Max Jacobs' first collegiate goal. Jacobs sent a shot into the back of the net from the right doorstep, while sophomore midfielder Brett Rojas recorded an assist, playing the ball initially into the box.
- The Cardinals nearly trimmed the deficit to one in the 75th minute, as freshman midfielder Lucas Kimball sent a header shot that barely missed the right side of the net off a corner kick by freshman defender Sam Serxner.
- Sophomore midfielder Zachary Trevorrow sent a rocket on net from the right side of the box, which was denied by Cardinals senior goalkeeper Brian Harnett in the 79th minute, but junior captain Sterling Weatherbie stepped up to the plate and blasted the rebound into the back of the net from straight on in the box.
- Harnett (4-2-0), who made a game-high five saves, came up with an outstanding stop in the 51st minute off a shot by Jacobs. The Montclair, N.J. native answered the bell again with another tremendous stop on a drive by Jacobs with 12 minutes left in the game.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Cardinals, who maintain a 45-20-8 mark all time against the Jumbos, held a 16-12 lead in shots, but the Jumbos held an 8-2 advantage in shots on goal.
- The game became physical at points with Tufts getting whistled for 22 fouls and Wesleyan being called for nine infractions, while the Jumbos were also tagged with a pair of yellow cards.
- Junior goalkeeper Conner Mieth (3-0-0) stayed perfect this season, earning the victory with a two-save performance, as the Jumbos have not allowed a single goal in seven games this season.
- Sophomore midfielder Komar Martinez-Paiz posted a team-high four shots for Wesleyan, while seniors Nick Jackson and Charlie Livingstone, and sophomores Alec Haas and Cameron Park each chipped in with two shots for the hosts. Jacobs led the way for the Jumbos with a game-high five shots and a game-best three shots on goal.
- The Cardinals will hit the road for a 1:30 matchup at Hamilton on Saturday in Clinton, N.Y. The squad will return to Middletown, Conn., for a 2 p.m. battle against Colby at Jackson Field on Saturday, Oct. 7.