Jory Kahan '10 (#6, left side of main photo, on the ground) broke a 1-1 tie in the 59th minute with a dive header from eight yards out off a feed from senior Asante Brooks, and it proved to be the game-winner as Wesleyan went on to its 10th straight win over Colby, 4-1, Sat., Sept.19. The Cardinals are now 10-1 all-time vs. the Mules.
Nick Whipple '10 (#11, photo insert upper right) added an insurance goal in the 61st minute, completing a corner-kick situation started by Mark Murphy '10 to Kahan at the far post, and his header found Whipple at the near post for the goal. Eleven minutes later Murphy took a through pass from Rory O'Neill '13 and drove a shot into the Colby net that caught the left goal post before nestling into the twine. Earlier, Keisuke Yamashita '10 (#9, photo insert upper left) got Wesleyan on the board in the sixth minute as Whipple chipped a pass over the Colby defense which Yamashita ran under and deposited into a barren net as the Colby keeper had come out to play the chip. The Mules picked up their only goal in the 18th minute to make it a 1-1 game at intermission.
Starting netminder Adam Purdy '13 made four saves in his 80 minutes of work before Nigel Stacey '11 handled the final 10 minutes with one additional save. While Colby held an 8-6 edge in shots during the first half, Wesleyan used a 12-4 margin in the second half to assume control.
Wesleyan was right back on the pitch Sun., Sept. 20, traveling to Western New England College for a game with the Golden Bears, who entered the week ranked seventh in New England Division III. Wesleyan held the #9 spot. The teams battled to a scoreless tie despite a nearly 2-to-1 edge on shots for the Cardinals (27-14). Wesleyan had a number of good scoring opportunities, notably by Ian Waldron '13 who hit the post from close range and Rory O'Neill '13 who just missed the upper corner of the net with a curving drive. Purdy made only two saves to keep WNEC off the board, but they were both beauties during the second half. Also during the period, Harrison Lewin '12 made a great stop at the back post of a long corner kick by WNEC which was destined for the net.
Wesleyan has nearly a week off from competition before resuming with a home NESCAC contest vs. Tufts Sat., Sept. 26.
(all photos courtesy of Peter Stein '84)