Men’s Soccer Strikes First in 2-1 Setback at Trinity (Conn.)

Photo by Lianne Yun '18
Photo by Lianne Yun '18

HARTFORD, Conn. – Senior defender Taylor Chin scored his first goal of the season for the Wesleyan University men's soccer team in the 21st minute on Wednesday evening in Hartford, Conn., but Trinity (Conn.) responded with two goals in a span of just over three minutes late in the first half during a 2-1 win.  

 HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The Cardinals (5-5-1, 1-5-1 NESCAC) scored first for the seventh time this season, as the team has gone 5-2 in those contests. Chin sent a deep free kick into the box in the 21st minute, and some traffic in front of the net was a key reason that the bouncing shot found the back of the net.
  • In the 35th minute, senior Cody Savonen found the back of the net for the Bantams (3-8-1, 1-6-1 NESCAC) off a feed by junior William Baker, evening the score at 1-1. Savonen then posted the game-winning goal 3:01 later, as the tally was his team-leading eighth of the year.
  • The Cardinals searched for the equalizer in the second half, as senior captain Nick Jackson sent a drive on target in the 66th minute, but Trinity senior goalkeeper Mateo Zabala made a highly-skilled stop.
  • The Cardinals held a 9-6 edge in shots on goal, and continued to push forward with pressure in the 71st minute, when senior midfielder Charlie Livingstone tested Zabala, but the goalkeeper was up to the challenge.
  • Junior defender Cam McCusker posted back-to-back scoring chances in the 74th minute, putting two shots on net 20 seconds apart, but Zabala was able to keep both in front of him.   
  • Wesleyan senior goalkeeper Brian Harnett (4-5-1) kept the Cardinals within striking distance, with a crucial stop on an attempt by sophomore Henry Farr in the 69th minute. The senior goalkeeper stood tall again in the 72nd minute, denying Savonen on a give-and-go play with freshman Nigel Gustave.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Trinity held a 16-10 advantage in shots, including marks of 10-5 and 6-5 in the first and second halves, respectively. Savonen led all players with six shots and posted a game-leading four shots on target.
  • McCusker led the way for the visitors with two shots, while eight other Cardinals recorded one shot. Wesleyan was awarded six corner kicks and Trinity was given four, while the hosts were called for eight fouls and the visitors were whistled five times.
  • Zabala earned the win with a game-best eight stops, and Harnett suffered the loss with a four-save performance.
  • Wesleyan maintains a 43-33-8 all-time record against Trinity, with its last win in the series coming by way of a 1-0 score on Oct. 22, 2013.

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals will look to get back in the win column during Senior Day action on Saturday (3 p.m.) against Williams at Jackson Field in Middletown, Conn.