Evan Hazelett '13, Named NESCAC POW, Puts Home Game-Winner just 1:25 into OT as Men's Soccer Tops Sixth-Ranked Bowdoin, 3-2, Before Posting 0-0 Tie vs. Springfield
Evan Hazelett '13 (#6, middle of photo) made Wesleyan an instant winner over visiting and sixth-ranked nationally Bowdoin just 1:25 into overtime, giving the Cardinals a 3-2 win at home Sat., Sept. 10 in the NESCAC and season opener for both squads. Hazelett received a low pass deep on the right side from Matt Hertgen '15 (#3, left side of photo) and moved behind the Polar Bear defense before bounding a shot past the Bowdoin keeper, who had come out to cut down the angle. The ball bounced several times on its 25-yard path to the left post, striking it squarely and ricocheting into the net.
Bowdoin had tied the game with just under 20 minutes left in regulation on a shot from the right side as the one-hopper caught the net to the left side past Wesleyan netminder Adam Purdy '13.
Wesleyan had forged a 2-0 lead less than 25 minutes into the contest as Rory O'Neill '13 and Walter Rodriguez '13 (#10, right side of photo) both found paydirt with their shots, O'Neill in the 14th minute and Rodriguez in the 24th minute. Ian Waldron '13 set up O'Neill's header with a free kick while Rodriguez scored by beating Wise to his left following an attempt by Hazelett that found its way to Rodriguez' foot. Thus, Hazelett ended the day with three scoring points and was rewarded by the NESCAC with its Player of the Week honor.
Bowdoin cut the margin in half in the 31st minute when the Polar Bears converted a corner kick from the left side into a goal with a head ball.
Purdy finished the game with six saves in the Cardinal net. Shots in the contest were dead even at 15 apiece.
Wesleyan improved its control of the series vs. Bowdoin to 31-20-4 though Bowdoin, on its way to the NCAA Final Four appearance in 2010, knocked off Wesleyan by a goal twice, including a 2-1 NESCAC tournament semi-final victory.
Wesleyan hosted Springfield in its next start Tues., Sept. 13. The teams battled to the first 0-0 overtime deadlock in the series since 1990. Wesleyan leads the overall series, 31-27-10. The Cardinals doubled up on the Prides' shot total with a 14-7 margin and had 11 corner kicks to Springfield's four. But four saves by the Pride keeper helped prevent Wesleyan from breaking the ice while Purdy logged three stops in logging his 14th career shutout in 37 starts.
Wesleyan returns to NESCAC play for its next game Sat., Sept. 17 at Tufts. The game will be webcast and can be viewed by clicking < here >.