BOSTON, Mass. – The Wesleyan women's soccer team shut out Wellesley, 2-0 on Sunday afternoon in Boston. The Cardinals avenged their loss from 2000, which was the last time to two teams met. With the win, Wesleyan improves to 2-1, while Blue drops to 2-2.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Wesleyan had back-to-back opportunities to get on the board during the 18th minute of play, but shots by Emily Ribatt and Gianna Argento were blocked by Wellesley defenders, keeping the game scoreless.
- The Cardinals struck first, grabbing the 1-0 advantage at the 20:18 mark when Liz Young beat the goalie one-on-one before burying the ball in the bottom right of the net.
- Wellesley had an opportunity just seconds later, but the Wesleyan defense came up big with a clear, preserving its lead.
- The Cardinals had a great chance to double the score during the 35th minute when Mackenzie Mitchell connected with Andi Wiley's corner, but Mitchell's header shot went just wide right.
- The Blue looked to knot the game at the 55:46 mark, but Kendall You Mak's shot was denied when Cardinal goalkeeper Sarah Hammond flew through the air and punched the ball away.
- Wesleyan tacked on its second tally at the 72:49 mark. Allie Goss found Ribatt in traffic just outside the 18, before Ribatt turned and rifled the ball into the upper right corner of the goal.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Cardinals kept the ball in their offensive third for much of the game, holding an impressive 12-1 shots advantage over Wellesley.
- Hammond picked up the win in goal for Wesleyan and was forced to make no stops in net, while Olivia Reckley made three saves for Wellesley.
UP NEXT: The Cardinals will travel to Tufts on Wednesday for a 6:30 p.m. start, before returning home on Saturday to entertain Bowdoin at 11:00 a.m.