Behind a pair of goals from Noah Schlesinger '13 (#17, photo), Wesleyan rolled to its fifth straight win over Western Connecticut, 3-0, Wed., Oct. 13. The game marked the first multiple-goal margin in a Wesleyan contest this year, as each of the Cardinals' previous nine games had been decided by a single goal. Wesleyan evened its record at 5-5-0 with the win, while WCSU fell to 3-7-1.
Schlesinger put Wesleyan on the board at 31:20, taking a pass from Cabell Maddux '13, running into the box, and sending it into the left side of the goal for his first goal of the season. His second goal of the contest, which came at the 69:44 mark, was a virtual mirror image of the first and put Wesleyan up 3-0. Schlesinger became the first Wesleyan player to record a multi-goal game this season and is now tied for the team lead in goals.
Wesleyan's second goal came early in the second half courtesy of Evan Hazelett '13. Austin Woolridge '11 passed the ball up to Hazelett in the box, who beat WCSU keeper and fired the ball into an open net at 47:11 for his second goal of the season, moving him into a tie for the team lead in that category.
WCSU did not record a shot on goal until the 51st minute, when the Colonials had a great opportunity behind a hard, low shot towards the Wesleyan net, but Wesleyan keeper Adam Purdy '13 dove to his right and knocked the ball away.
The WCSU defense stymied a great Wesleyan chance in the 18th minute. Zach Dixon '12 launched a shot from the top of the box that deflected off the hands of the WCSU goalie, who was standing a few feet in front of the goal line, and began to trickle in. The Colonials beat a pair of Wesleyan forwards to the ball and kicked it away before it could cross the line.
Purdy finished with a pair of saves in 73:35 of action before giving way to Nigel Stacey '11, who played the final 16:25 and did not need to record a save while contributing to the shutout.
Wesleyan now stands 11-5-3 all-time against the Colonials and improved to 7-0-1 in its last eight games against WCSU. The Colonials' last win came on Oct. 13, 1999, as they earned a 2-0 victory in Danbury. (The teams did not meet from 2000-03.) Last season, Wesleyan pulled out a 3-2 victory in Danbury.
The Cardinals head to Maine Sat., Oct. 16 to take on NESCAC rival Bates College in a game to be webcast at 11 a.m. To view the game, click < here >.