Cardinals Edged by Eastern Connecticut State, 1-0

Photo courtesy of Lianne Yun '18
Photo courtesy of Lianne Yun '18

THE BASICS:

Score:
Eastern 1, Wesleyan 0
Records:
Wesleyan: 2-3-2 (0-1-2 NESCAC), Eastern Conn.: 7-2-0 (2-0 LEC)
Location: Middletown, Conn. (Jackson Field)
Date: Tuesday, September 27th
Time: 4:30 p.m.
The Lead: The Wesleyan University women's soccer team suffered a 1-0 defeat against Eastern Connecticut State University on Tuesday afternoon at Jackson Field. Zoe Cassels-Brown '20 made seven saves in the game for the Cardinals, while Mo Nelson '19 and Victoria Matthews '17 each took three shots in the match.

HOW IT HAPPENED:
 
  • The teams played a scoreless first half, with the Warriors getting the best scoring chances off back-to-back corner kicks, but the Wesleyan defense stood tall, and Cassels-Brown was able to deny both shot attempts. 
  • Emily Becher broke the scoreless tie with her unassisted goal at 61:52 in the game. 
  • The Cardinals pressured the Warriors defense and goalkeeper, Kayla Labrecque, but were unable to convert, as they outshot Eastern in the second half, 5-3.
  • Matthews had the best opportunity to tie the game in the second half, but her point blank shot at 83:54 was stopped by a diving Labrecque, and the visitors would claim the 1-0 win.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Eastern held a slight edge in shots at 10-8, and also held the advantage in corner kicks at 10-4.
  • Labrecque made six saves to earn the shutout victory.
  • Wesleyan put six shots on net, three by Nelson, two by Matthews and one from Olivia Gorman '19. 

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals return to the pitch on Saturday, October 1st as they will host NESCAC rival Hamilton College for an 11 a.m. contest.
  • The Warriors are also back in action on Saturday, and will welcome Western Conn. St. to Nevers Field for a 1 p.m. match.

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