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Men's Soccer Continues Consistent Play with 2-0 Victory over Hamilton

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

Seniors Chris Kafina (Lincoln, MA) and Max Jones (Chicago, IL) hooked up for a pair of second half goals to lead the Wesleyan University Men's Soccer team over Hamilton College, 2-0, in NESCAC action Saturday Oct. 3 in Clinton, NY. In the victory, junior goalie Jack Katkavich (Farmington, CT) had two saves en route to his second straight shutout, extending his scoreless streak to 360:45 minutes. With the win, Wesleyan improves to 5-2-1 overall, and 2-1-1 in the NESCAC, while Hamilton drops to 3-5-0 and 1-4-0 in conference play. 

The first half went scoreless, with Hamilton taking seven shots, two of which Katkavich saved, and Wesleyan taking four shots with one on net. The Cardinals had seven first half corners to the Continentals zero. 

But just over five minutes into the second half, Jones put a low ball into the top of box from the right side and Kafina finished making the score 1-0 Wesleyan at 50:28.  Kafina beat Hamilton's keeper to the ball, secured it with a few dribbles and shot it into the net. 

With the game still in the balance in the waning minutes, it was Jones to Kafina once again, this time they connected on a cross from the end-line to the far post and Kafina finished with his head to essentially end the game at 87:01 mark. 

The two goals by Kafina bring his season total to six, while Jones now has four assists in eight games. The Cardinals are now 5-1 all-time against the Continentals, and have taken the last two meetings after last year's 2-1 win in double OT in Middletown, CT. 

Wesleyan next plays out of conference as they travel to Salve Regina on Tuesday Oct. 6, while Hamilton hosts Tufts in NESCAC play on Sunday Oct. 4.