MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University men's soccer team fell short of an upset Tuesday night on Citrin Field as the Cardinals lost to in-state NESCAC rival and No. 7 Connecticut College, 1-0.
The loss concludes the 2018 season for Wesleyan as it ends the year with a 3-11-0 overall record and 2-8-0 conference mark. The Camels improve to 12-1-2 and 7-1-2.
- The first half featured competitive back-and-forth action with neither team able to find the back of the net.
- With just under 20 minutes remaining in the half, Matt Butera of Connecticut College received a pass roughly 15 yards out from the front of the net with Wesleyan's goalkeeper out of position, but his shot went high above the crossbar.
- The Camels had another good look to get on the board with less than six minutes remaining as Liam Noonan connected with a loose ball right in front of the goal, but his attempt went wide left.
- Conn. College outshot Wesleyan 7-4 in the first half with a 2-1 advantage in shots on goal. The Cardinals held a 2-1 edge in corner kicks.
- In the 68th minute, Conn. College scored the only goal of the game when Uzii Dieng dribbled near the left endline and found Ben Highton alone in front of the net as he tapped it in for the score.
- Shortly after, Luke Stoneback almost put the visitors ahead by two with a header off a corner kick that hit the post.
- In the final 15 minutes, Wesleyan applied heavy pressure and seemed poised to tie the game, but the Cardinals were unable to get any good looks on net.
- With under five minutes remaining in regulation, a loose ball in the Camels' box was kicked away by a defender to protect their lead.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Conn. College held a 15-7 edge in shots with five on net, while the Cardinals recorded three shots on goal.
- Wesleyan held a 2-1 advantage in corner kicks in the first half but the Camels held a 4-0 lead in the second to finish the game with a 5-2 edge.
- Freshman goalkeeper Teddy Lowen started in net for the Cardinals and finished with four saves while AJ Marcucci picked up the win for the Camels with three.