Adam Cowie-Haskell '18 (notched a hat trick, and the Cardinal offense unleashed 22 shots to help the Wesleyan men's soccer team defeat visiting Bates, 5-0, in a NESCAC contest Sat., Sept. 26. In 17 previous meetings of the teams, neither had scored more than three goals in a game vs. the other. Wesleyan now leads the series, 10-4-4.
It was the first Cardinal hat trick since Keisuke Yamashita netted all three goals in a 3-1 victory at Springfield during the 2008 campaign.
Brandon Sousa '16 got the scoring started at 22:50 when he knocked home a centering pass from Komar Martinez-Paiz '19 that had been deflected right in front of the net.
The Cardinals made it 2-0 at 34:22 on the first tally of the day by Cowie-Haskell. He blasted a shot in from 10 yards out after receiving a pass from Sousa. It was nearly his second goal of the half, as only an acrobatic save by Bates' goalie kept out a shot he made from 15 yards just four minutes prior to the goal.
The best chance for Bates in the half came with just over five minutes left on a shot by its leading scorer. A diving stop by Cardinal goaltender Jack Katkavich '17 sent the ball past the near goalpost. Katkavich finished the game with five stops in 82:45 in net.
The Cardinals played nearly a flawless first half, outshooting Bates 11-2. Wesleyan also held the territorial advantage, only allowing a handful of deep Bobcat penetrations.
Wesleyan is back in action Tues., Sept. 29, hosting defending NCAA Division III champion Tufts in another NESCAC matchup. The game will be webcast.