MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – In a hard fought contest on Tuesday evening, the Wesleyan men's soccer team (3-7) was edged by Wheaton (6-7) in the final seconds of the first overtime session. Despite the loss, the lone Cardinal tally was Andres Marx's first career goal.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Wesleyan had a great opportunity to score 11:01 into the contest, but the free kick by Sam Serxner from the right corner was cleared away by a Lyons defender.
- Wheaton opened up the scoring at the 15:18 mark after an initial shot by Luca de Castro Noavaes was saved by Cardinal goalkeeper Teddy Lowen. Troy Mattos collected the loose ball, before burying it in the bottom left for the 1-0 lead.
- The Cardinals answered with 1:21 to go in the first half, making it 1-1. After beating a defender, Marx went one-on-one with Lyons' goalie Peter Pond, finding nylon to knot the game.
- Wesleyan looked to take the lead at the 56:50 mark when Christopher Textor sent a through ball to JJ LaCorte, but LaCorte's shot went just wide right of the goal.
- The visitors had a chance to score 63:25 in when Brady Smith rifled the ball from 30 yards out, but the shot sailed just high of the crossbar.
- The Cardinals held a 9-5 shots advantage during the second half, but were unable to capitalize, forcing the contest into overtime.
- With 14 seconds remaining in the first extra session, Wheaton's Adam Waks collected a loose ball in the box, before finding the back of the net through traffic for the 2-1 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Lowen made five stops in net for the Cardinals, while Pond had fives saves for the Lyons.
- The Cardinals hit the road this weekend, playing Williams at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, before traveling to Middlebury on Sunday for a noon start.