Tying his career-high with seven saves during a 0-0 double-overtime deadlock at fourth-ranked nationally Amherst Sat., Oct. 22, Adam Purdy '13 (#30, photo by Peter Stein '84) helped Wesleyan take its first outright Little Three men's soccer crown since 1992. Wesleyan had defeated Williams, 2-1 in overtime, Sept. 24 while Amherst came away with a 2-2 tie against the Ephs this season. Thus, Wesleyan finished 1-0-1 with Amherst holding an 0-0-2 mark. Williams is 0-1-1.
Purdy had posted seven saves in a game on five previous occasions, three times in 2010 and twice in 2009. This was his sixth game with a seven-save output. Five of his stops came during the first half while two happened in the second half. Wesleyan also had a team save in the contest. Purdy did not need to make any stops during the extra 20 minutes of play in overtime. Purdy leads the NESCAC in saves percentage (.930) and GAA (0.29) and is ranked among the top three nationally in both categories. The shutout was his 10th of the year, tying his own Wesleyan mark set in 2009 when he also racked up 10 goose eggs over a 19-game span. He upped his school-record career shutout mark to 23.
Wesleyan has played 13 games in 2011 and its 10-0-3 mark represents the second time in the last three seasons that the Cardinals have been undefeated with one game left during the regular season.
The Cardinals, ranked ninth nationally in Division III, closed out the regular-season campaign by hosting Trinity Wed., Oct. 26. While a win would have assured Wesleyan of the top seed in the NESCAC tournament for the second time in school history, Trinity came though with a pair of first-half goals in a span of less than five minutes and survived a strong second-half push by Wesleyan to claim a 2-0 victory. Despite a loss by Amherst to Conn. College in its last regular-season game, the Lord Jeffs secured the top seed in the NESCAC tournament. Wesleyan is seeded second and draws #7 Middlebury as a first-round opponent Sat., Oct. 29 at 12:30 p.m. The game will be webcast.
Wesleyan outshot Trinity, 15-12, in the contest, including a 13-5 margin in the second half, but could not break through the Bantam defense. The Cardinals' best chance to score came midway through the second period on a blast by Steve Paresi '12, but a fine save by the Trinity goalie and a defensive save by a Bantam fullback on a rebound shot by Walter Rodriguez '13 preserved Trinity's shutout as the Bantam keeper produced seven saves. Purdy posted three stops in the contest.