Cards Get Late Goal from Walter Rodriguez '13 to Upend Springfield, 2-1
Walter Rodriguez '13 (#10, photo by Peter Stein '84) received a cross by Steve Paresi '12, who had beaten a pair of Springfield players deep on the right side, and tapped in the go-ahead goal in the 85th minute to push the Cardinals past the Pride, 2-1, Wed., Sept. 15. Adam Purdy '13 collected six saves in the contest and allowed one first-half marker as the teams headed into intermission deadlocked at 1-1.
Wesleyan had taken an early lead as Paresi took a corner kick from the left side. His curling cross was coming down just in front of the left post with an eager Evan Hazelett '13 moving in to get a piece of the ball. He tapped it with his head toward the Pride net with a defender alongside him. The defender, in an attempt to clear the ball, swiped the ball into his own net in the third minute to spot the Cardinals a 1-0 advantage. Hazelett got credit for the goal with Paresi chalking up the first of his two assists.
Wesleyan had an 18-12 margin in total shots, 11-8 in shots on goal. The victory continued Wesleyan's mastery over Springfield since 1985 as the Cardinals are a stellar 21-3-2 vs. the Pride over the last 26 meetings. Prior to that, Springfield held a substantial 24-10-7 edge in the series through the game of 1984.
The Cardinals will look to keep the momentum going against Colby Sat., Sept. 18 in their next encounter. Wesleyan has thoroughly dominated its NESCAC rival from Waterville with an 11-1 overall record. Wesleyan lost the initial meeting between the teams but has won the last 11 including a 5-0 shellacking in Middletown in the opening round of the NESCAC tournament in 2009, the last time the teams faced each other. The goal differential stands at 21-3 in Wesleyan's favor over the last six contests. The game Saturday will be webcast and a link to watch the game is available on the Wesleyan webcast page off the athletics home page.