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Men's Soccer Drops Season Opener to WPI, 1-0

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

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University men's soccer team opened its 2018 season under the lights at Smith Field on Wednesday night but came up short against non-conference foe WPI, 1-0.

The Engineers improve to 3-0-0 with the win as Erik Herrera sent a cross from the left corner of the box to Luke Reiniger for the game-winning one-timer with 31:58 on the clock in the first half.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The Cardinals came out strong and controlled possession for most of the first 15 minutes of play but were unable to get a good shot at net.
  • In the closing seconds of the first half, Reiniger had an opportunity to increase the visitor's lead to two but his shot went just high of the crossbar.
  • Wesleyan came inches away from tying the game early in the second half as a free kick by Komar Martinez-Paiz '19 narrowly missed the inside right post.
  • With roughly 26 minutes to play in regulation, the Cardinals had another opportunity to even the score when JJ LaCorte '22 received a pass to the left of the box, ahead of a defender, but his shot attempt went wide ride.
  • WPI's defense remained strong the rest of the way, making it difficult for Wesleyan to get a good look at net.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: 

  • Despite the loss, Wesleyan outshot the Engineers, 15-10, including a 10-4 advantage in the first half. The Cardinals also led in corner kicks, 9-1, while recording seven in the first half.
  • WPI's goalie Rufus Adams picked up the shutout win with three saves, while Chris Franklin '21 made three saves for the Cardinals.

UP NEXT:

  • Wesleyan's next matchup features another non-conference opponent as the Cardinals head to Haverford on Saturday, Sept. 8. The game is scheduled to start at 12 p.m.