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Strong First Half Propels Wesleyan Past Trinity 3-0

Trevor Devanny tallied a goal and an assist during the victory (Peter Stein '84).
Trevor Devanny tallied a goal and an assist during the victory (Peter Stein '84).

HARTFORD, Conn. – The Wesleyan men's soccer team (6-5-3, 2-4-3) scored three unanswered goals in the first half to down Trinity (1-12-1, 0-9-0) on the road Saturday morning. The 3-0 victory was the Cardinals' seventh shutout of the year, and most since 2015. Trevor Devanny led the way for Wesleyan, tallying a goal and an assist during the triumph.  

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The Cardinals had a great chance to open the scoring with 8:50 expired when Lucas Kimball rifled a shot from the top of the 18, but Trinity goaltender Anes Gadun made a diving save to his right to deny the chance.
  • Wesleyan persisted, breaking through with 27:31 expired after a throw-in by Sam Serxner. Matthew Rubinstein connected with the throw at the penalty mark hash, one-timing the ball into the bottom right corner for the 1-0 edge.
  • The Cardinals took advantage of a scramble in front of the Bantam goal when T. Devanny one-timed the loose ball into the back of the goal to make it 2-0 at the 30:58 mark.
  • With 1:07 remaining in the first half, Wesleyan tacked on another tally. T. Devanny's initial shot was denied by Trinity's Gadun, before Mike Gallo one-timed the rebound into the net for the 3-0 lead heading into intermission.
  • The Bantams looked to cut into the Wesleyan advantage at the 76:45 mark, but Cardinal goaltender Liam Devanny dove to his left to thwart the opportunity by Scott Marshall.
  • Trinity had another great chance to get on the board with 77:44 expired when Eduardo Velez-Perez rifled a shot towards the Wesleyan goal, but L. Devanny came charging off his line to punch the ball away.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Devanny earned his fifth win of the year and sixth shutout with three saves, while Chris Franklin made one stop in the final 10:20 of play.
  • Trinity's Gadun suffered the loss, making five saves during the contest.
  • Wesleyan held an advantage in shots (13-7) and corner kicks (5-2) during the triumph.

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals wrap up the regular season on Tuesday when they travel to Connecticut College on Tuesday for a 3:00 p.m. game.