MANSFIELD, Conn. – Junior captain Lauren Goetzman held the clutch gene on Tuesday evening.
The standout midfielder netted the game-winning tally during the 96th minute for the Wesleyan University women's soccer team in a 1-0 overtime victory against Eastern Connecticut State in Mansfield, Conn.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Junior midfielder Sophia Linguiti orchestrated the game-winning play, picking up her team-leading third assist of the season. Goetzman, who is always organizing the Cardinals' attack in the middle of the pitch, found the back of the net from 25 yards out, as she also netted the game-winning mark during a 6-0 win at Mount Holyoke on Sept. 20. The Hidden Hills, Calif. native clearly likes playing against the Warriors, as she notched the game-winning tally during a 4-2 triumph at Eastern Connecticut State on Sept. 22, 2015.
- The Cardinals (4-2-1, 0-2-1 in NESCAC), who have outshot six of their seven opponents this season, continued to apply a great deal of pressure in the offensive end, holding a 16-4 edge in shots and a 6-2 advantage in shots on goal. Goetzman nearly gave the Cardinals the lead in the 74th minute, sending a drive off the crossbar.
- Senior captain Meg Hanan and sophomore Zoe Cassels-Brown (3-2-0) combined to shut out an opponent for the third time this season, with Hanan playing the opening half and Cassels-Brown slamming the door shut in the second half and overtime, earning her third win of the season.
- Cassels-Brown stood tall down the stretch, turning away a drive off the foot of junior Hannah Goodale in the 84th minute, while Hanan denied an attempt by junior Kaley Pratt during the 44th minute.
- Goetzman should be commended for her great conditioning and endurance, as she leads the team in shots (31) and shots on goal (19). Goetzman and junior captain Kinsey Yost, who has done an outstanding job organizing the Cardinals' defensive effort, have been tremendous leaders for the group this season, taking on vocal-leadership roles, while also leading by example on the pitch.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Wesleyan, which has gone 4-0 during its non-conference slate, emerged victorious in an overtime match for the first time since Oct. 30, 2015, when the Cardinals outlasted Connecticut College, 2-1, in double overtime.
- Sophomore goalkeeper Erin Collins (0-2-0) made a game-high five saves for the Warriors (4-4-2, 2-0 in Little East).
- Goetzman led the way with a game-leading six shots, while sophomore standout Nicole Brodkowitz sent three of her four shots on net for the visitors. Pratt posted a team-high two shots for Eastern Connecticut State.
- The Cardinals attempted four corner kicks and the Warriors were awarded a pair, while Eastern Connecticut State was whistled for six fouls and Wesleyan was called for three infractions.
- The Cardinals will resume NESCAC Conference action on Friday with a 4:15 p.m. showdown against Hamilton in Clinton, N.Y. The group will conclude its three-game road trip on Tuesday, Oct. 3, with a 6:30 p.m. tilt at Trinity (Conn.).