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Jack Katkavich '16 Makes 6 Saves to Shutout #12 Tufts in Scoreless Deadlock

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

Goalie Matt Katkavich '17 made six saves to post his second shutout of the year and extend his streak of consecutive shutout minutes to 270:45 as Wesleyan played to a 0-0 draw with #12-ranked Tufts in a NESCAC game Tues., Sept. 29.
 
With most of the play in the midfield, the two teams played a scoreless first half. Each team managed just three shots. There weren't many quality scoring chances in the half, but Tufts did have a goal waived off with 18:10 to go when the play was called offside and Wesleyan's Brandon Sousa '16 rang a shot off the crossbar-upright juncture early in the period. Wesleyan had the only two corner kicks of the half, but neither resulted in a shot.

The Jumbos nearly took the lead just three minutes into the second half on a blast that seemed ticketed for the top left corner of the net, but Katkavich made a dive to tip it wide.

Just two minutes later, the Cardinals' Adam Cowie-Haskell '18 fired a shot from the top of the box that hit the crossbar squarely.

With 30 minutes remaining, the Jumbos had a breakaway chance, but Katkavich made a diving save to his left to preserve the tie. 

Tufts had another chance with 18:20 left with Katkavich out of the net, but the Jumbo missed a wide open net, hitting the post.

At the end of regulation the Cardinals had outshot Tufts, 7-6.

Midway through the overtime, Cowie-Haskell had another chance with an open net and missed the shot wide right. The Jumbos had one last gasp in the final 10 seconds, but a shot from the top of the box  went wide.

The Cardinals outshot Tufts, 14-11, for the game.

Ahead for Wesleyan is a visit to NESCAC rival Hamilton Sat., Oct. 3. The game will be webcast.