MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan men's soccer team (4-4-3, 1-3-3) dropped a 1-0 decision against Bates (8-2-1, 4-2-1) on Saturday afternoon. Before the game, the Cardinals honored their six seniors – Joe Clayton, Trevor Devanny, Mike Gallo, Alec Haas, Cameron Park and Jack Wolf.
- The Bobcats threatened first when Ciaran Bardong rifled a shot towards the net, but Wesleyan goaltender Liam Devanny thwarted the chance.
- Cardinal Lucas Kimball looked to take advantage of a penalty kick at the 26:22 mark, but his hard shot towards the bottom left corner was denied by Bates' goalie David Goodstein.
- Out of the break, Bates looked to tally a goal at the 52:19 mark. Owen Keleher one-timed a failed Wesleyan clear, but Devanny got a hand on the ball, punching it up and over the crossbar to keep the contest scoreless.
- Wesleyan had a chance to score after a penalty just outside the 18, but Matthew Rubinstein's free-kick at the 55:19 mark was blocked by a Bobcat defender.
- On the same play, a Bates player was able to clear the ball past midfield, before Keleher headed the ball ahead of a Cardinal defender, before chipping the ball over Devanny into the left panel for the 1-0 edge.
- Wesleyan had a great chance to knot the game with 72:51 expired. Sam Keenan sent a cross from the right corner to the left, but Jake Lundberg's one-timer sailed just high.
- The Cardinals' best opportunity for the equalizer came at the 81:56 mark. Nicholas Wallick redirected a cross from Gallo, but Goodstein just got his hands on the header shot, corralling the ball to preserve the shutout.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Devanny made six saves in goal for Wesleyan, while Goodstein stopped all five shots faced in net for Bates.
- The Cardinals held a slight 11-10 edge in shots and a decisive 7-1 advantage in corner kicks.
- The Cardinals are back in action when they travel to Fitchburg State on Wednesday for a 7:00 p.m. contest.