Score: Wesleyan 5, St. Joseph 0
Records: Wesleyan (3-5-3, 0-3-3 NESCAC); St. Joseph (5-8-1, 3-4-1 GNAC)
Location: Middletown, Conn. (Jackson Field)
Date: Wednesday, October 12
Time: 4 p.m.
The Lead: Mo Nelson '19 scored two goals as the Wesleyan University women's soccer team cruised to a 5-0 victory over St. Joseph.
- The Cardinals' offense was in control from the opening whistle as they were able to break out to a commanding 3-0 lead just 20 minutes into the first half.
- Sarah Sylla '17 dribbled past the Blue Jays' defense, and passed the ball to Meg Harrop '19 who found the corner of the net at 5:02 for the early 1-0 Wesleyan lead.
- Just over three minutes later, Nelson netted her first goal of the season as she took a pass from Nicole Galli '19 and put the ball past St. Joes.' goaltender, Megan Ricci for the 2-0 advantage.
- Sylla would round out the first half scoring for the home team with her goal at 19:35. Harrop would register an assist on Sylla's fifth goal of the season to send the Cardinals into the break with a 3-0 lead.
- Wesleyan's offense could not be contained as just over three minutes into the half, Nelson netted her second goal on the day as she used some fancy foot work to weave through the defense and get the ball past Ricci for the 4-0 lead.
- Carly Swenson '17 had a great scoring opportunity in the 66th minute of play off a breakaway, but her shot clanked off the post.
- Swenson and Sophia Linguiti '19 would have back-to-back scoring opportunities in the 69th minute, but Ricci would make spectacular saves to deny them both of goals.
- Anne Coyle '17 would wrap up the scoring for the Cardinals as the senior scored her first career goal at 78:03. Nola Neri '20 would register her first assist on the play, as Wesleyan would go onto claim the 5-0 win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Cardinals dominated the game on offense as they put up an impressive 41 shots in the game, while their defense only surrendered eight shots in the contest. 17 of the 41 Wesleyan shots would be on goal, while St. Joes put four on goal.
- Claire Coyle '20 and Meg Hanan '18 combined to make four saves in the shutout victory. The win gives Coyle two on the season.
- The home team held an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks.
- Sylla and Harrop led the Cardinals with three shots on goal apiece.
- Nelson and Galli each took five shots in the game.
- Ricci suffered her sixth loss on the year as she made 12 saves in the match.
- The Cardinals return to action on Saturday, October 15th as they will travel to Williamstown, Mass. to take on NESCAC and Little Three rival Williams at 1:30 p.m.
- The Blue Jays next play on Saturday as well, as they will travel to take on Emmanuel (Mass.) at 12 p.m.