Taking on Albertus Magnus for the first time Sun., Sept 13, the Cardinals got a goal from Victoria Matthew '17 in the 57th minute off a feed from Ellie Dempsey '17 for the game's only marker as the combination of Meghan Hanan '18 and Olivia Gorman '19 provided three saves for the 1-0 shutout win.
With the score knotted at zero early in the second half, Dempsey sent a nice pass to a cutting Matthews just inside the box. Matthews collected the ball and chipped it over the Albertus goalkeeper, who came charging off her line to cut off the angle. Matthews' tally was her second of the fall and proved to be the game winner.
After taking a 1-0 lead, the Cardinals backline did a good job of holding the Falcons offense at bay. Albertus' lone scoring chance over the final 20 minutes came with just over 16 minutes remaining in regulation on a shot from 10 yards outside the box that was gloved out of the air by goalkeeper Gorman. She logged 27:30 in net in her first collegiate appearance.
Less than 10 minutes into play, Albertus had the first scoring chance of the contest as a through ball from the midfield sent a Falcon in on a breakaway, but the shot from just inside the box was turned aside with a diving effort by Hanan for one of her two stops.
With a little over 17:15 left in the opening half, Wesleyan midfielder Imogen Nelson '19 fired a blast that the Falcon goalie made a diving save on. Later in the first stanza, the hosts threatened again by firing a free kick on goal from 15 yards outside the box that Hanan leaped and saved.
Wesleyan held a 15-7 advantage in shots and each team took five corners.
The Cardinals open NESCAC pay Tues., Sept. 15, hosting Tufts in a game to be webcast.