MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – This moment must have felt good for Maya Harlan.
The junior forward on the Wesleyan University women's soccer team netted her first collegiate goal in the seventh minute during a 1-0 win over Rhode Island College on Wednesday evening at Smith Field in Middletown, Conn., as the Cardinals improved to 5-0 in non-conference action this season.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- In the seventh minute, Harlan got in behind Rhode Island's defense, and then sent a drive on net, which was turned aside by Anchorwomen sophomore goalkeeper Erica Edwards. Harlan immediately followed up with a second effort, and put the game winner into the left side of the net.
- In the 15th minute, the Cardinals (6-5-1) nearly scored again, as sophomore defender Julia Meehan threaded the needle with a pass in the middle of the pitch to freshman midfielder Emily Ribatt, who sent a shot just wide left.
- Wesleyan, which held a 20-0 lead in shots during the opening half, was back on the attack during the 27th minute, as Ribatt found her way into a one-on-one situation with Edwards thanks to a tremendous through ball by sophomore forward Katie Frizzell. Ribatt, who leads the Cardinals with nine points, tried to beat Edwards with a bullet toward the left corner, but Edwards made an outstanding diving stop going to her right.
- Sophomore goalkeeper Zoe Cassels-Brown improved to 5-2-0 this fall, as she recorded her second shoutout with one save. Edwards was phenomenal for the Anchorwomen (4-8-1), as she did everything to keep her team within striking distance, making 16 saves.
- Freshman midfielder Carly Bechtloff nearly found her way onto the scoresheet in the 78th minute, as she sent a free kick from the edge of the box just over the bar. Junior captain Lauren Goetzman, who leads Wesleyan with four goals, connected on a header shot off a corner by Frizzell in the 89th minute, but the attempt connected with the top of the bar.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Cardinals held a decisive 35-2 edge in shots and a 17-1 advantage in shots on goal during the 90 minutes, while leading the corner-kick category, 8-0. Rhode Island was whistled for six fouls and Wesleyan was ticketed with five.
- Ribatt finished with a game-best seven shots and Harlan led all players with four shots on target. Junior defender Kayla O'Brien tallied six shots for the hosts, with three on net.
- Wesleyan improves to 4-3-0 all time against Rhode Island, as the Cardinals have outcored their five out-of-conference opponents, 15-0, this fall.
- The Cardinals will take on Williams on Saturday (noon) at Jackson Field during Senior Day action.