Extending its string of victories against non-conference opponents to 12 games over the last three seasons, Wesleyan got a goal and an assist each from Morgan McCauley '12 (#21, right in upper photo) and Liz Chabot '12 (#4, middle in upper photo) while netminder Tori Redding '13 (#60, lower photo) notched six saves for her first shutout of the season in a 2-0 home win over Wellesley Wed., Sept. 21. The Cardinals have beaten the Blue the last three seasons but Wellesley still holds the edge in the all-time series, 12-9-1.
Wesleyan got on the board 18:59 into the contest when McCauley took a pass to the right side from Chabot, who had control in the middle. McCauley fired a low shot that caught the net to the far side past the Wellesley keeper.
Chabot then completed a Wesleyan rush at 25:39 as she found the net past a fallen Mscisz, who had gone down during a flurry in front of the Wellesley net. Vanessa Block '15 got the scoring play started with a feed into the middle. The ball was initially cleared as the Blue goalie hit the turf, but Wesleyan kept the ball alive as McCaluey put it back toward the middle for Chabot to poke home.
Wellesley had its best scoring chances near the end of each half as the Blue launched three shots in short order, all in the game's 30th minute, but Redding was there to make each save. Two shots by the Blue in the final minute of the game tested Redding as well, but Redding stood tall and preserved the shutout.
Wesleyan hosted Williams in a Little Three and NESCAC battle Sat., Sept. 24 in its next start. McCauley spotted the Cardinals a 1-0 lead at 7:32 of the first half but a pair of second-half markers by the Ephs turned the outcome in their favor, 2-1. Wesleyan has its first of two back-to-back NESCAC weekends this season with a trip to Hamilton Sun., Sept. 25 for the first-ever regular-season round-robin encounter with the Continentals.
(photos courtesy of SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com)