Cardinals Dominate OT but Settle for 2-2 Tie at Colby for an 0-0-2 NESCAC Mark
Battling back and forth with host Colby in the opening road game of the season, Wesleyan held an early 1-0 lead, only to fall behind 2-1 late in the contest. The Cardinals mustered the resolve needed to deadlock the game just 20 seconds after falling behind for the first time and dominated play during the 20 minutes of overtime, but settled for a 2-2 tie Sat., Sept. 18. Wesleyan is now 0-0-2 in NESCAC play.
Dasha Battelle '11 (#15, photo) fired in a 30-yard blast from the left side shortly after the Cardinals' kickoff following Colby's second goal. She took a short pass from Laura Kurash '13, who got the assist, before taking a couple of dribbles and taking a long shot that sailed just under the crossbar to the right side of the net. Earlier, Kaylin Berger '14 had sptted the Cardinals a 1-0 edge, scoring in the fourth minute. That lead held up until the 41st minute when the Mules knotted the count.
It looked as if the teams would enter overtime tied at 1-1 but Colby sent a long ball in toward the Cardinal net with less than three minutes remaining. Wesleyan keeper Calre Colton '12 came out to try and beat an onrushing Mule to the ball at the top of the 18-yard box. Colton got a piece of the ball as she went down but the ball stayed with 25 yards of the Wesleyan goal and a Mule was next on the scene, cashing in on the open-goal opportunity as Colton was still trying to hustle back into position. Colton ended the contest with eight saves.
In overtime, Wesleyan outshot the Mules, 7-0, and managed to hit the crossbar late in the extra time but could not come up with the winner. Wesleyan held a 23-22 overall margin in shots, 14-10 in shots on net.
Next up for the squad in a non-conference affair with Mount Holyoke in Middletown Tues., Sept. 21. Last year, the Cardinals planted a 4-0 loss on the Lyon in South Hadley, Mass. LiveStats are available for the Wesleyan-MHC contest. To see them, click < here >.