NEW LONDON, Conn. – Senior Adam Cowie-Haskell could not have scripted a better ending to his collegiate soccer career.
The forward on the Wesleyan University men's soccer team netted the game winner in the 86th minute during a 2-1 season-ending triumph against Connecticut College on Wednesday afternoon in New London, Conn.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- With 4:31 left on the clock and the scoreboard saying 1-1, Cowie-Haskell rifled a shot into the back of the net, as he recorded his second goal of the season for the Cardinals (7-6-2, 2-6-2 NESCAC). The Roslindale, Mass. native rattled off a 19-point season with eight goals and three assists in 2016. Freshman defender Bryden Auer orchestrated the game-winning mark with a nice through ball to Cowie-Haskell.
- Scoring chances were few and far between in this battle, but the Cardinals broke through in the 70th minute, taking a 1-0 advantage. Freshman forward James Schubauer found the back of the net for the second time this season on freshman midfielder Mauricio Bailleres's first collegiate assist. Schubauer received the ball from Bailleres at the top of the box, and then he sniped the lower left corner of the net.
- The Camels (9-2-4, 4-2-4 NESCAC), who locked down the fourth seed in the NESCAC Tournament, fired back in the 82nd minute, as junior Ben Manoogian posted a header goal for his team-best eighth goal of the season. The play was set up by a cross from sophomore Matt Butera.
- Wesleyan senior goalkeeper Brian Harnett, who ranks fourth in the NESCAC Conference with 64 saves this fall, kept Connecticut College off the board in the first half, making one save in his final collegiate start, and then freshman goalkeeper Chris Franklin played the second half for the Cardinals and finished his rookie season with a 3-0-0 mark. The Scarborough, Maine native denied Camels junior forward Christian Murphy during the 76th minute.
- Wesleyan improved to 32-10-2 all time against Connecticut College, while snapping a two-game losing streak to the Camels. The Cardinals last win against Connecticut College was a 1-0 result during the 2014 season.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Connecticuct College held an 11-10 advantage in shots, and the Cardinals maintained a 4-3 edge in shots on goal.
- Cowie-Haskell and junior midfielder Komar Martinez-Paiz attempted three shots, respectively, with Cowie-Haskell putting two on target. Manoogian led the hosts with a game-high four shots, and Butera and Murphy each attempted two shots.
- Camels freshman goalkeeper A.J. Marcucci (9-2-4) made two saves in the loss. Each team attempted four corner kicks, and Wesleyan was charged with 13 fouls and Connecticut College was whistled 10 times. The two NESCAC foes played a physical brand of soccer, especially in the second half, with three yellow cards being issued.