Men's Soccer Falls To Wesleyan

October 18, 2009

Wesleyan scored goals in the first five and last five minutes of the game to pick up a 2-0 NECAC road win at Middlebury. The Cardinals, who entered the game ranked first in New England and sixth nationally, tie their best start in school history with a 9-0-3 mark, while also tying a record with eight shutouts. The Panthers fall to 6-4-2 on the year, 2-3-2 in NESCAC play.

Wesleyan struck early with a tally just 4:42 into the contest. With little room, Keisuke Yamashita made a quick short pass to Austin Woolridge 16 yards out. Woolridge took a quick step and fired a shot into the lower right corner of the net to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead with his third tally of the season.

Wesleyan controlled much of the play for the first 25 minutes, before Middlebury got on track with some offense of their own in the 35th minute. Robbie Redmond earmarked a shot for the top left corner on a restart from 19 yards out, but Adam Purdy made a diving save to preserve the 1-0 advantage.

Middlebury came out strong in the second half, with pressure on the Cardinal net for much of the half. Wesleyan did have an opportunity in the 53rd minute, but Yamashita's shot on a corner kick went just wide of the far post.

The Panthers kept coming, and nearly tied the game in the 82nd minute after a flurry in the box. Redmond found himself open after gathering a bouncing ball and quickly fired a shot to the left side of the net, where it was cleared by Wesleyan's Mark Murphy. Less than a minute later, Jake Edwards bent a corner kick from the right side that hit the crossbar before being cleared away.

Wesleyan sealed the game on a Middlebury miscue late in the game, with Noah Schlesinger scoring his first of the season. Panther keeper Tim Cahill came out to play a ball, but a Middlebury defender wasn't aware and sent the ball back towards the goal, leaving Schlesinger and Cahill in a footrace. Schlesinger got to the ball just ahead of a diving Cahill and found the back of the net.

Purdy made three saves in goal to earn his seventh shutout of the season, while Cahill also made three stops for the Panthers.

Wesleyan (9-0-3, 5-0-2) vs. Middlebury (6-4-2, 2-3-2)
Date: Oct 18, 2009 Attendance: 155

Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Wesleyan............ 1 1 - 2
Middlebury.......... 0 0 - 0

1. 4:42 WESM09 Austin Woolridge (Keisuke Yamashita)
2. 87:31 WESM09 Noah Schlesinger (unassisted)

Shots: Wesleyan 8, Middlebury 10
Saves: Wesleyan 3 (Adam Purdy 3), Middlebury 3 (Tim Cahill