Cards Take Two Nationally Ranked Teams to the Limit Then Rebound with Shutout of ECSU
Taking #6 ranked Trinity into overtime for the second year in a row, the Cardinals held leads of 1-0 and 2-1 but couldn't make it stick as the Bantams prevailed, 3-2, in the extra-frame outing Fri., Oct. 2. Wesleyan then headed to Middlebury, also nationally ranked (#15), for its next game Sun., Oct. 4, and went into the final 15 minutes tied 3-3 but came away with its 10th straight loss to the Panthers, 5-3. The Cardinals got back on the winning side of the ledger Thurs., Oct. 8 with a home win over Eastern Conn., 3-0.
Liz Chabot '12 put Wesleyan on the board at Trinity in the game's 20th minute with Lila Creighton '11 picking up the helper. Trinity knotted the score five minutes later as the first half came to a close. The Cards wasted little time regaining the lead as Alexa David '10 (#14, main photo) connected off Morgan McCauley's '12 assist less than two minutes into the second half. The lead stood for 20 minutes before Trinity converted a penalty stroke to even the count once again with 12 minutes to go.
It only took the Bantams 2:38 to find the net for the game-winner in overtime and remain undefeated (7-0) on the season. Cardinal keeper Tori Redding '13 (#60, photo insert upper right) had another standout game as she collected 13 saves. Also coming up with two key defensive saves for Wesleyan was Liz Gauvey-Kern '11.
This was the 15th consecutive contest between Wesleyan and Trinity decided by two goals or less with each of the last five a one-goal game.
At Middlebury, Wesleyan got on the board first again with Taryn Murray '13 (#16, photo insert lower right) scoring the first of her two goals in the contest. The Panthers netted the next two goals to carry a 2-1 lead into halftime. Murray lit the lamp a second time in the game's 41st minute to tie it, 2-2, but Middlebury pushed into the lead in the 44th minute. Ten minutes later, McCauley, who had assisted on the opening goal, put one home for the 3-3 deadlock. Moving up 4-3 in the 56th minute, the Panthers added an insurance marker in the 65th minute to lock up the victory. Wesleyan was outshot 20-10 and faced a decisive edge by Middlebury in penalty corners, 21-6. Redding, despite being touched for five goals, was steady with 14 saves.
In knocking off Eastern Conn. for the sixth time without a loss, Wesleyan got first-half tallies from Chabot and McCauley and added a second-half goal from Murray for the 3-0 final. With a commanding 23-2 edge in shots, Wesleyan needed just two saves from Redding to secure the shutout, the first in Redding's career.
Wesleyan is back in NESCAC mode for its next contest, a home game vs. Bowdoin Sat, Oct. 10.
(photos by Scott Porter)