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Wesleyan Eases Past Mount Holyoke, 5-0

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

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan women's soccer team scored three first-half goals on its way to a 5-0 victory over Mount Holyoke (2-4-0) on Wednesday evening. With the win, the Cardinals improve to 4-2-0.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Wesleyan got off to a quick start, notching a goal 8:28 into the stanza. Kayla O'Brien took advantage of a Lyons' defensive breakdown and rocketed the ball into the bottom left corner to make it 1-0.
  • The Cardinals tacked on another tally at the 18:01 mark when Gianna Argento trapped a cross from O'Brien, before her shot hit the crossbar and tucked inside the net for the 2-0 lead.
  • Shannon Sweeney took advantage of a penalty kick at the 40:56 mark, rifling the ball into the upper left corner, making it 3-0.
  • The Lyons' first shot of the game came at the 50:53 mark, but Dale Leonheart was denied by Cardinal goalkeeper Sarah Hammond.
  • Wesleyan had a great opportunity to add a fourth goal at the 60:23 mark when O'Brien one-timed a header from Zoe Oasis inside the box, but Lyons' goalkeeper Maria-Lucia Delgado denied the opportunity.
  • Mount Holyoke attempted to clear the ball out of their defensive end after a corner kick from Cardinal Katie Stewart Frizzell, but Frizzell rebounded the clear into the back of the net for the 4-0 advantage at the 79:45 mark.
  • The fifth and final goal for Wesleyan came with less than four minute remaining. Argento's initial shot was blocked by a Lyons' defender, before Sweeney collected the rebound and snuck the ball past a diving-Delgado.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • The Cardinals outshot the Lyons 38-3, while holding an 11-0 corner kick advantage. 
  • Zoe Cassels-Brown played the first 45:00 of action in front of the Cardinal goal and didn't need to make a save, while Hammond logged the final 45:00 making just three stops.
  • Amanda Manaster and Delgado split the game in net for the Lyons, with both goalkeepers making eight saves apiece.

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals will travel to Bates on Saturday for an 11:00 a.m. start.