Trailing since the 19th minute of the first half, Wesleyan (3-1, 1-0) came to life in the final 10 minutes of its opening NESCAC matchup of 2015 with Tufts (1-2, 1-1) Tues., Sept. 15, and got a pair of goals from Liz Young '19, the second coming with just :14.6 on the clock, to pull out a 2-1 win. It was the first time since 2004, spanning 11 meetings, that the Cardinals netted multiple goals vs. the Jumbos. Neither team scored more than one goal against the other over the previous seven outings.
Young, who upped her season goal total to a team-best three, put in the tying goal with 5:27 left in the second half as she finished off a three-player connection started by Madeline Keane '16 with a long throw-in from the right side. That toss found the head of Imogen Nelson '19 on the right side of the box for a flick, and that ball came to Young in a straight line to the goal, and she did the same to propel the ball into the right side of the net.
The Cardinals didn't settle for just going into overtime, which happened a year ago in Medford, Mass. as the teams tied, 1-1, after two overtime periods. Wesleyan kept attacking in the offensive zone. Nelson pushed the ball deep on the left side in the closing seconds of the game, and Young collected the loose ball in traffic. She maneuvered into the left side of the box and lofted a 25-yard shot high into the back right corner of the goal for what proved to be the winner.
Tufts had scored on a 28-yard free kick right in the middle of the field with a bullet straight into the back of the net just under the cross bar at the 18:46 mark of the opening period. That lead held for almost 66 minutes thanks to strong Tufts netminding, which included stopping two would-be Cardinal goal off headers in front with two good punch saves over the cage, and also stopped an eight-yard blast from a slight angle on the right by Lauren Goetzman '19 with 11 minutes showing on the first-half clock.
In the Wesleyan net, Meghan Hanan '18 picked up four saves in holding Tufts to one tally.
While shots in the game were about even at 13-12 for Tufts, Wesleyan took 11 corner kicks, nine of them in the first half, to just four for Tufts.
Next for the Cardinals was another NESCAC contest as they traveled to Bowdoin Sat., Sept. 19. In an evenly played contest, Bowdoin cashed in for a goal in each half to secure a 2-0 decision. Shot were even at 9-9 as were shots on goal (5-5) while corners favored the host, 6-2. Hanan, playing the first 79 minutes, had two saves and allowed both goals. Olivia Gorman '19 minded the net for the final 11 minutes, making one save.
The Cardinals move out-of-conference for their next game, visiting Eastern Connecticut Tues., Sept. 22. The game will feature LiveStats.