MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Freshman Tucker Kelsch scored the game-winning goal, and the first of his career, just minutes into the first overtime period Wednesday night to give the Wesleyan University men's soccer team a 2-1 win over in-state NESCAC rival Trinity College on Citrin Field.
Wednesday's game marked the 85th meeting between the two programs, with the Cardinals (3-5-0, 2-3-0 NESCAC) holding a 44-33-8 lead in the series. The rivalry has been strong in recent years, as tonight's showdown was the eighth consecutive one-goal game in the past seven years.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Bantams (2-7-0, 0-6-0) got on the board first when John Mullin bet his defender to the ball inside the box and sent a shot to the bottom left corner of the net, past a diving goalkeeper. The goal gave Trinity a 1-0 lead in the 27th minute.
- Wesleyan responded less than 10 minutes later when Sam Serxner '21 threw a perfect pass into the box that went over the goalie and directly to Trevor Devanny '20, who one-timed it into an open net for just his second career goal.
- Both defenses remained strong the rest of the half as the teams went into the break knotted at 1-1.
- In the final 45 minutes, the Cardinals controlled the pace of the game and outshot Trinity, 9-1. However, they were unable to find the back of the net despite several strong chances.
- In the 70th minute, JJ LaCorte '22 had an opportunity to put the home team ahead when he one-timed a shot right in front of the net that went just high of the crossbar.
- Wesleyan had another strong chance with just under eight minutes remaining in regulation when Kelsch received a pass and quickly sent it towards the net, but Trinity goalkeeper Everett Lyons made a diving stop.
- Trinity was unable to put together a strong scoring chance in the second half and Wesleyan couldn't find the back of the net as the game went into OT.
- It didn't take long in the extra period for the Cardinals to secure the win as Kelsch fired a low shot roughly 30 yards out that hit off the left post into the bottom corner of the net in the 92nd minute.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- After a close first half in which the Cardinals outshot Trinity by a slim margin, 4-3, it was all Wesleyan the rest of the way as the home team finished with a 14-4 advantage.
- The Cardinals also recorded 11 corner kicks to Bantams' one.
- Wesleyan continues NESCAC play when it travels to Colby on Saturday for a 1:30 p.m. start.