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Men's Soccer Upsets #1 Seeded Amherst College 1-0 in NESCAC Quarterfinal

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

Freshman Komar Martinez-Paiz scored the lone goal of the contest to lead the #8 seeded Wesleyan Men's Soccer team over the #1 ranked-nationally, and first seeded Amherst College, 1-0, in the NESCAC Quarterfinals Sat. Oct. 31 in Amherst, Massachusetts. 

It was Martinez-Paiz's second goal of the season. He received a pass from Brandon Sousa, and beat the Amherst keeper to give the Cardinals the 1-0 advantage at 70:49 in the second half. 

This is the fourth time in the last five years that an 8th-seeded Wesleyan team has knocked off a #1 seed. 

The others were: 

Women's soccer at Middlebury, 2-0, in 2012.

Men's ice hockey at Hamilton, 5-2, in 2010-11.

Men's lacrosse at Conn, 6-5, in 2010.

Wesleyan's keeper Jack Katkavich turned away the five shots that came his way, including a save to keep Wesleyan in the lead late in the second half when he stuffed an Amherst attacker at the goal line. Thomas Bull had four saves in the setback for the Lord Jeffs. 

Amherst tallied 15 shots in the loss, while the Cardinals finished with seven. The Lord Jeffs also dominated the corner kick category, holding a 10-1 advantage, but the Cardinals defense snuffed out all potentially opportunities. 

Wesleyan will move on to the second-round of the NESCAC Tournament when they take on #2 seed Middlebury next Saturday, November 7th in Middlebury, VT. The Panthers defeated Wesleyan 2-1 in Middletown on Oct. 11, in their only meeting of 2015. 

The Cardinals are 10-22-3 all time against the Panthers. It was Middlebury who knocked off Wesleyan in last year's NESCAC tournament  2-1 in penalty kicks. The official scoring lists the game as a 1-1 tie, but the Panthers were able to advance in PKs.