MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University men's soccer team drew first blood during a 1-1 draw against NESCAC-Conference foe Williams on Senior Day at Jackson Field in Middletown, Conn.
Prior to the start of Saturday's game, the Cardinals honored their talented and close-knit senior class, featuring Brian Harnett, Nick Jackson, Charlie Livingstone, Adam Cowie-Haskell, Garrett Hardesty, Martino Barzaghi, Taylor Chin and Aaron Stone.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- In the 25th minute, sophomore forward Alec Haas established position in the box, and he was in a perfect place to redirect a drive from the left side by sophomore defender Trevor Devanny into the back of the net. The tally was the second of the season for Haas and the assist was the first of Devanny's collegiate career.
- Jackson then made a crucial steal on Williams sophomore Bobby Fabricant in a scoring position with 18 minutes left in the first half, as the captain's defensive instincts and leadership from the back will be missed greatly next season.
- The Ephs got hungry for the equalizer in the 31st minute, and sophomore Liam Bardong sent a curling shot from the right side of the box into the left corner of the net.
- Hardesty tried to put Wesleyan back in front during the 59th minute, but his header shot from the center of the box went over the bar. It looked like the fans might be in store for an epic finish in the 90th minute, as Devanny sent a cross toward the right post, which was headed by Haas, but Williams senior goalkeeper Bobby Schneiderman (5-1-4) was able to make a clutch diving stop.
- Cowie-Haskell tried to power the Cardinals (5-5-2, 1-5-2 NESCAC) to a victory with a shot from far out during the 103rd minute in the second overtime, but the drive went wide left. Williams (6-1-4, 2-1-4 NESCAC) attempted to end the game in the 107th minute, but Harnett (4-5-2) stood his ground on a shot by junior Scatt Macdonald.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Williams held an 18-10 advantage in shots during regulation, and each team attempted five in the 20 minutes of overtime.
- Harnett finished with a game-leading eight saves and Schneiderman tallied a two-save outing. Junior midfielder Komar Martinez-Paiz finished with four shots for Wesleyan, while Hardesty, Haas and sophomore Jack Wolf chipped in with two, respectively.
- Bardong finished with a game-high five shots and game-leading three shots on goal for the visitors. Fabricant and sophomore Chris Fleischer combined for seven shots for Williams.
- Williams held a 10-6 edge in corner kicks, while the Ephs were charged with 10 fouls and the Cardinals were ticketed for six. The game was physical throughout, especially in the extra sessions, as three yellow cards were issued.
- The Cardinals will look to pick up a non-conference win on Tuesday with a 7 p.m. showdown at Wheaton (Mass.).