Geoff Zartarian '11 (#5, left in main photo) picked up a loose ball in the offensive end and fed across the box to Keisuke Yamashita '10 (#9, central in main photo), who scored the game's only goal in the 28th minute as Wesleyan defeated Wheaton on the road Tues., Sept. 29, 1-0. It was a battle of two of New England's finest teams as Wesleyan entered the contest ranked fourth in New England while Wheaton held the number-two spot regionally and the number-13 spot nationally.
In the Cardinal net, keeper Adam Purdy '13 (#30, with ball in photo insert lower right) notched his fourth shutout of the year with four saves, three of them in the second half, including a big one with about 12 minutes remaining. Purdy reduced his NESCAC-leading goals-against average to just 0.32 while upping his league-best save percentage to .920.
During the seven meetings between Wesleyan and Wheaton from 2003 on, the Cardinals have never scored more than a goal vs. the Lyons, yet stand 3-3-1 over the stretch. All three Wesleyan wins have been 1-0. The teams met for the first time in 1994 during the ECAC tournament, with Wheaton winning, 1-0. All four Lyon victories have also come by one goal.
Wesleyan has an opportunity to make quite a week of it when the team heads to Trinity for a NESCAC matchup Sat., Oct. 3. Trinity, also unbeaten this season coming into the week, is ranked third in New England and 22nd nationally.
(Photos by Peter Stein '84)