MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University women's soccer team has come out of the gates flying during the 2017 season, as the Cardinals ran away with a 4-0 victory over Emerson on Saturday afternoon at Jackson Field en route to improving to 2-0 for the first time since the 2011 campaign. With the win, Eva Meredith notched her 100th career victory as a head coach.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Cardinals (2-0-0), who have outscored their opponents, 7-0, this fall, jumped onto the scoreboard in the 23rd minute, as junior forward Liz Young netted her second goal of the season from the edge of the box on the right attacking side. The Lincoln, Rhode Island native tallied the game-winning goal in a 3-0 victory over visiting UMass-Boston on Thursday.
- Wesleyan dominated time of possession and field advantage, especially in the first half, as the hosts held a commanding 18-2 advantage in shots.
- Junior forward Olivia Gorman gave the Cardinals a two-goal cushion in the 28th minute, as she put a shot into the left side of the net from point-blank range off a superb pass across the box by Young.
- The Cardinals nearly took a three-goal lead early in the second half with junior forward Mo Nelson sending a rocket off the cross bar from straight on in the 60th minute. Then, Young nearly converted a tremendous lead pass by Nelson in the 61st minute.
- Freshman midfielder Carly Bechtloff eliminated any threat of a Lions' comeback with a highlight-reel goal in the 82nd minute. The Westfield, New Jersey native stopped on a dime with the ball and utilized great footwork from the edge of the box, en route to sending a drive into the left side of the goal.
- Junior defender Ella Sinfield joined the fun just over a minute later in the 83rd minute, sending a shot from the right side of the box off the goalkeeper's hands and into the back of the net.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- This game carried extra meaning for Cardinals 14th-year head coach Eva Meredith, as it was the 100th of her superb coaching career. Meredith, who has the most wins in program history with 64, led Wesleyan to the NESCAC Tournament in six consecutive seasons from 2008-13, including the conference semifinals in 2011 and 2012.
- The Cardinals outshot the Lions, 32-7, and held a 5-0 advantage in corner kicks. The game did not feature any cautions, but Emerson was tagged with 10 infractions and Wesleyan was whistled for four fouls.
- Senior goalkeeper Laura Gartelman (0-4-0) posted a game-high seven saves for the Lions (0-4-0), while senior captain Meg Hanan (1-0-0, two saves) and sophomore Zoe Cassels-Brown (1-0-0, one save) combined for the shutout in net for the hosts.
- Nelson and Young led the way with five shots, respectively, as each put two on target. Junior captain Lauren Goetzman finished with three shots, including two on goal.
- The Cardinals will look to carry their strong momentum into NESCAC Conference action, as the group faces off against Tufts on Tuesday (4:30 p.m.) at Jackson Field in Middletown, Conn.