Cards Take Ephs Down to the Wire but Fall on Goal in Final Three Minutes, 2-1, in Season Opener

Keisuke Yamashita '10

Despite the first career goal from Japanese import Keisuke Yamashita '10 (#19, photo) just 2:05 into the contest, the Cardinals dropped a well-played 2-1 decision to defending NESCAC champ Williams in the season and home opener Sat., Sept. 8. The next action for the squad is a non-conference game at home vs. Springfield Wed., Sept. 12. Against Williams, Wesleyan got started quick when Yamashita chipped in a shot off a feed from Nick Whipple '10 from the left side. The advantage held for only 18 minutes as Williams netted the equalizer at 19:56, leading to a 67-minute streak of scorless play between the two teams. The Williams goaltender was the key as Wesleyan got off several point-blank attempts in the latter stage of the second half, only to be robbed each time, the last chance coming from Asante Brooks '10 with about seven minutes to go. Williams then turned one of its few good chances into the game-winner with just 2:29 left on the clock. The contest featured two preseason nationally ranked squads, Williams at #8 and Wesleyan at #25.