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Women’s Soccer Suffers 1-0 Loss to No. 4 Williams on Senior Day

Photo by Jonas Powell '18
Photo by Jonas Powell '18

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University women's soccer team honored senior captain and goalkeeper Meg Hanan on Saturday afternoon prior to a 1-0 setback against No. 4 Williams on Senior Day at Jackson Field in Middletown, Conn.  

Hanan has been a great leader for the Cardinals this fall, as she has totaled five career wins, including an outstanding shutout performance during a 2-0 win over UMass-Boston on Sept. 9, 2015.

 HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The Ephs (11-0-1, 7-0-1 in NESCAC) found the game-winning marker in the 46th minute, as senior Natasha Albaneze sent a corner kick into play, which was kicked into the back of the net by senior Jacqueline Simeone.
  • The Cardinals (6-6-1, 1-6-1 NESCAC) had a great opportunity to find their way onto the scoreboard in the 28th minute. Junior captain and defender Kinsey Yost stepped up take a penalty kick from 12 yards out, but Ephs junior goalkeeper Olivia Barnhill (9-0-1) denied the attempt.
  • The two teams searched for the game's first tally in the late moments of the first half. Junior Kristina Alvarado sent a drive on net in the 40th minute, which was corralled by Wesleyan sophomore goalkeeper Zoe Cassels-Brown. Barnhill then made a stop with under two minutes remaining off the foot of the always-dangerous Lauren Goetzman.
  • Wesleyan, who was victorious in two of its previous three games, received shots by Goetzman and freshman midfielder Emily Ribatt in the 80th minute, but neither drive was able to penetrate through the Ephs' stiff defense.
  • Cassels-Brown (5-3-0) continues to impress during her sophomore campaign, as the Bristol, Vt. native made a big-time stop on a shot by Albaneze during the 63rd minute. She then kept the squad with one by turning away a drive by junior Katelyn Long in the 86th minute.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Cassels-Brown finished with a game-best seven saves and Barnhill tallied three in the victory for the visitors.
  • Goetzman led the way for the hosts with three shots, and sophomore forward Katie Frizzell and junior defender Kayla O'Brien tallied two, respectively. Sophomore Sarah Scire led the way for Williams, testing Cassels-Brown with all three of her shots.
  • Wesleyan held a 7-3 lead in shots during the first half, but then Williams answered with a 9-2 edge in the final 45 minutes. Each team attempted three corner kicks, while Wesleyan was charged with seven fouls, and Williams was whistled four times and was ticketed with a yellow-card booking.  

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals will look to get back into the win column on Saturday, Oct. 21, with a noon NESCAC Conference tilt at Amherst.