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Chris Kafina '16 Nets Golden-Goal after Danny Rubenstein '17 Ties the Score Late in Men's Soccer Win at Haverford

Photo by Peter Stein '84
Photo by Peter Stein '84

Danny Rubenstein '17 netted the game-tying goal with just 1:34 remaining in regulation, and Chris Kafina '16 put home the golden-goal in the second overtime with 3:20 left on the clock to propel the Cardinals past host Haverford Sat., Sept. 12, 2-1 (2OTs).  It was just the second meeting between the teams, the first coming three years ago in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.  That game was held at Arcadia U. in Pennsylvania and the teams tied 2-2 after two overtimes.  The Fords went on to advance in the playoffs on penalty kicks, the only time in five NCAA tournament appearances that Wesleyan failed to advance past the first round.

After Haverford broke the scoreless tie with a goal in the 52nd minute Saturday, it took Rubenstein's hard shot from the top of the box off a feed from down low by Kafina to even the count.  A stalwart for the Cardinals each of his three seasons, it was the first career goal for Rubenstein, a defender, in his 32nd career game.  

"It was a tremendous team effort today" said Head Coach Geoff Wheeler.  "In the last 10 minutes the team showed great character and calmly got the equalizer and then went on to get the win in overtime.  That's not an easy thing to do against a quality team like Haverford, especially on the road."  

The winning goal in overtime was started by a free kick by Brandon Sousa '16 about 35 yard out.  The ball went to Charlie Gruner '17 and he hit Nick Hawkins '19 with a pass that was one-timed to Kafina who put the ball home down the middle with the goalie drawn out of position by the cross.  "Kafina had an excellent game capped by his game-winner," Coach Wheeler added.  "Any win gives you confidence and a come-from-behind win like we had today is a real confidence builder."

With shots slightly favoring the visitors, 19-17, Jack Katkavich '17 picked up six saves in net to backstop the Wesleyan defense.

Up next for the Cardinals is a home night game vs. John Jay Tues., Sept. 15.  The game will be webcast.