Koch of Men’s Soccer Tallies Game Winner in 2-0 Win at Wheaton (Mass.)

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

NORTON, Mass. – Junior forward Nicolas Koch and sophomore forward Jack Wolf of the Wesleyan University men's soccer team tallied their first collegiate goals on Tuesday evening, as the Cardinals cruised to a 2-0 non-conference triumph over Wheaton (Mass.) in Norton, Mass.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • In the 60th minute, freshman midfielder Mauricio Bailleres attempted a free kick for the Cardinals (6-5-2), and Koch posted a one-touch finish into the back of the net, as the tally stood up as the game-winning marker.
  • The Lyons (5-8-2) tried to find the equalizer in the closing minutes, with a shot by junior Thomas Gatanis going over the crossbar in the 86th minute and a drive by junior Curran Wait going wide with two minutes on the clock.
  • Wolf, who has five career assists, added some breathing room for Wesleyan during the 89th minute, sending a drive from 10 yards out into the goal off a feed by senior midfielder Garrett Hardesty, which set up Wolf with a one-on-one opportunity with Lyons senior goalkeeper Erik Wisniewski.
  • Freshman goalkeeper Chris Franklin tallied five saves in the victory for the Cardinals, including a pair of clutch ones, which occured in the 79th minute on a header shot by Wait and the 80th minute on an attempt by senior Sean Hurlburt.
  • Wesleyan is now 5-0 on the season in out-of-conference action, as it has outscored its opponents, 9-2.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Wesleyan led the shot category, 21-16, and the shots-on-goal section, 11-5. Senior captain Nick Jackson and sophomore forward Alec Haas led the Cardinals with four shots apiece. Sophomore defender Mike Gallo and Wolf each sent two shots on target for the visitors.
  • Wait reeled off a game-best five shots for the Lyons, and senior Amara Sesay chipped in with a trio.
  • Wesleyan is now 5-6-2 all time against Wheaton, earning its first win over the Lyons since a 2-1 decision in 2010.
  • Wisniewski (4-8-0) compiled a game-leading nine saves for the hosts, despite getting tagged with the defeat. Franklin (2-0-0) tallied five stops for Wesleyan in the second start of his collegiate career, as he has now allowed any goals in 225 minutes of action this season.
  • Wesleyan, who held a 12-7 edge in shots during the second half, got caught for 14 fouls and Wheaton was whistled on 12 occasions, as Wesleyan controlled the corner-kick statistic, 5-1.   

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals will turn their focus back to NESCAC Conference action on Saturday with a 2:30 p.m. showdown at Little Three-rival Amherst.