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Wesleyan Drops Regular-Season Finale at Connecticut College

Photo Courtesy of Steve McLaughlin
Photo Courtesy of Steve McLaughlin

NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Wesleyan women's soccer team fell 2-0 at Connecticut College in its regular-season finale on Wednesday afternoon. The contest was the last regular-season NESCAC women's soccer game, determining the final standings for the conference tournament. With the loss, Wesleyan finishes as the seventh seed and will travel to second-seeded Middlebury for a NESCAC quarterfinal game on Saturday at noon, while the sixth-seeded Camels (10-4-1, 5-4-1) will head to third-seeded Williams. 

Despite the loss, Wesleyan recorded its best regular-season record (9-4-2, 4-4-2) since 2011. Along the way, the Cardinals set a new program record for longest unbeaten streak in a season with eight (6-0-2), surpassing the previous record of six that was set by the 1993 and 1981 teams. Wesleyan also won its third Little Three title this season and first since 1982.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Wesleyan's Kate Hausladen had a great chance to open the scoring with just 1:58 expired when she went one-on-one with Camel goaltender Katy Pelletier. Pelletier came charging off her line, but the ball popped out of her hands in the slippery conditions. Hausladen was there to one-time the loose ball, but her shot went just wide right.
  • Hausladen had another good opportunity to get the Cardinals on the board at the 9:36 mark after an initial shot by Remi Feuerman was met by the foot of goalie Pelletier. Grace Devanny got a foot in to poke the ball from Pelletier back towards Hauslanden, but Hausladen's one-timer hit the right post.
  • Connecticut College's Sara Kogelmann looked to take advantage of a scramble in front of the goal at the 10:50 mark after a corner kick, but Cardinal goalie Sarah Hammond got a hand on the header attempt, punching it out of harm's way.
  • The Camels persisted, taking a 1-0 edge at the 12:31 mark after a corner on the right side. Kogelmann found Claire Williams on the left post who one-timed the ball into the right corner through traffic for the one-goal lead.
  • The hosts increased the lead at the 47:54 mark when Hannah Boldt beat a Wesleyan defender, before rifling a shot from the top of the 18. The ball took a bad skip, before skidding into the bottom right corner for the 2-0 advantage.
  • Wesleyan looked to cut the deficit to one with 56:17 expired. Gianna Argento beat a defender at the left corner flag, before finding Devanny in the middle. Devanny one-timed the pass, but a diving Pelletier got her left fingertips just on the ball to force it wide of the goal.
  • The Cardinals outshot the Camels 13-3 in the second half, but were unable to take advantage of their opportunities as Connecticut College hung on for the 2-0 victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Hammond suffered the loss in goal for Wesleyan, making six saves.
  • Pelletier made 10 stops in net for the Camels to earn the win.
  • The Cardinals outshot Connecticut College 21-10 and held a slight 4-3 edge in corners.