MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University women's soccer team showcased its resiliency today.
After suffering a pair of heartbreaking losses in overtime on Sept. 29 and Oct. 3, the Cardinals responded with a huge 2-0 NESCAC Conference win over visiting Colby on Saturday at Jackson Field in Middletown, Conn.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Junior Liz Young netted her team-best, third game-winning tally of the season in the 18th minute unassisted, as the Lincoln, R.I. native is tied for first on the team with three goals and sits in the second slot with seven points.
- Junior captain Lauren Goetzman gave the Cardinals (5-4-1, 1-4-1 NESCAC) a crucial two-goal advantage in the 32nd minute, with assists by sophomore forward Katie Frizzell and freshman defender Gianna Argento. Goetzman has now tallied a trio of goals on the year, with two being game-winning marks, while Argento tallied her first collegiate point.
- Sophomore goalkeeper Zoe Cassels-Brown (4-2-0) continued her stellar play in between the pipes, turning away a pair of shots during her first full-game shutout of the year. The Bristol, Vt. native denied an attempt by junior Elizabeth Barry in the 27th minute and stood tall on a drive by sophomore Lindsay Ayers in the 89th minute, keeping the two-goal cushion intact.
- The win was a crucial one for the Cardinals, as they were able to pass the Mules (3-5-2, 0-5-1 NESCAC) in the NESCAC standings. The squad currently sits in a tie for ninth with Amherst, as Wesleyan has its sights set on a return to the conference tournament for the first time since 2013. The top-eight teams qualify for the postseason tournament, with the Cardinals having four remaining conference games.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Goetzman, who leads the NESCAC with 49 shots, continues to put relentless pressure on the opposing team's defense, as she compiled a game-leading seven shots and a game-high five shots on goal. Young recorded a trio of shots, with two being on goal, while junior defender Meg Harrop and freshman midfielder Emily Ribatt chipped in with a pair, respectively.
- Wesleyan, which improved to 11-6-4 all time against the Mules, outshot Colby, 18-11, holding an 11-4 advantage in the opening 45 minutes.
- Mules sophomore goalkeeper Dani Lonati registered a game-high eight stops, and freshman forward Olivia Greif led the visitors with four shots.
- Wesleyan was tagged with 12 fouls and Colby was guilty of 10 infractions, with the hosts attempting three corner kicks and the visitors taking one.
- The Cardinals will be back in action on Sunday with an 11 a.m. showdown against Middlebury at Jackson Field. The squad will then host Rhode Island College on Wednesday (7:30 p.m.) during non-conference action at Citrin Field.