CLINTON, N.Y. – Sophomore Alec Haas scored in the 58th minute and senior goalkeeper Brian Harnett made a series of top-notch saves for the Wesleyan University men's soccer team on Saturday afternoon, but the Cardinals fell short, 2-1, in overtime to Hamilton in Clinton, N.Y.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Senior Eli Morris clinched the game for the Continentals (4-3-1, 2-3-0 NESCAC) 41 seconds into the extra session, as he took a short pass from junior Sebastien Deguines just outside the 18-yard box and sent a shot into the bottom left corner of the goal.
- Haas's perseverance paid off in the 58th minute for Wesleyan (5-3-0, 1-3-0 NESCAC), as he sent a shot directly off a free kick on goal, but Hamilton sophomore goalkeeper Linds Cadwell (4-3-1) made a quick deflection save going to his right. Sophomore forward Jack Wolf corralled the ball and sent a pass over to Haas on the right attacking side, and this time, the Bryn Mawr, Pa. native was not denied, as he sent a bullet into the back of the net, giving Wesleyan a 1-0 advantage.
- Hamilton, who applied pressure throughout the game with a 28-9 advantage in shots, evened the game at 1-1 in the 80th minute, with sophomore Aidan Wood sending a bouncing ball from just outside the 6-yard box into the net, assisted by sophomore Jeff Plump.
- Harnett (4-3-0) was nothing short of spectacular in this game, tallying a career-high 16 saves. During the 47th minute, the Montclair, N.J. native made a sensational diving stop going toward his right on a shot by junior Greg Milnarik, and then he immediately responded with a highly-skilled deflection save on a bullet by Wood. The senior standout recorded another top-caliber stop in the 62nd minute, robbing junior Bobby Chapman.
- In the 68th minute, Harnett, who is tied for second within the NESCAC Conference in saves (33), was motivated to keep the Cardinals' one-goal lead intact, deflecting a drive by senior Joe Harrington from inside the 18-yard box off a cross by Wood. The next sequence in the 69th minute was a highlight-reel performance by Harnett, as he made an outstanding deflection off a shot from deep in the box on the left side by sophomore Luke Eckels, and then immediately turned away a drive from the right side by Wood with a diving effort toward the left defensive post.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Continentals held a narrow 7-6 lead in shots in the opening half, and then controlled the pace of the game with a 21-3 advantage during the second half and overtime. Hamilton fired 18 shots on goal and Wesleyan finished with five.
- Wood and Morris fired game highs of five shots, respectively, for the hosts, with the two combining for six shots on net. Haas led the way for the visitors with a team-high three shots, with two being on target, while seniors Charlie Livingstone and Martino Barzaghi each fired a pair of shots.
- Cadwell earned the win for Hamilton with a four-save outing, while Harnett was tagged with the loss despite nearly doubling his prior season total in saves.
- Hamilton attempted 10 corner kicks and Wesleyan was awarded six, while the hosts were whistled for 14 fouls and the visitors were called for seven. The Cardinals received a pair of yellow-card bookings and the Continentals were penalized with one.
- The Cardinals are 6-3 all time against the Continentals, with Wesleyan's last victory in the rivalry coming by way of a 2-1 overtime win in Middletown, Conn., on Oct. 1, 2016.
- Wesleyan will return home for a pair of NESCAC games next weekend, as the Cardinals will compete against Colby on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m. and Middlebury on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 2:30 p.m., with both games being played at Jackson Field.