Playing at Williams in a pivotal Little Three/NESCAC matchup vs. the Ephs Sat., Sept. 22, neither team was able to penetrate the well-conceived defensive plan each prepared against the other, and the game ended just as it began, with a scoreless draw following 110 hard-fought minutes of action. Shots on goal were extremely limited as Wesleyan keeper Adam Purdy '13 needed to make only two saves in posting his 27th career shutout and third this season. Wesleyan managed four shots on the Eph net. It was the fifth consecutive meeting of the squads that has gone into overtime but only the second time among the five that no winner was determined. The Cardinals had taken the last two affairs, 2-1 in extra time, while the Ephs prevailed, 2-1 in OT, during the 2010 regular-season meeting. In 2009, the squads deadlocked, 1-1. The last time neither team scored against the other in a contest came in 1941, going back 75 games.
Six days earlier, Wesleyan remained undefeated all-time vs. Hamilton on Sun., Sept. 16 with its second straight 2-0 men's soccer decision, matching its 2011 win, improving to 4-0 in the limited series. Scoring goals for the Cardinals in the victory were Daniel Issroff '15 (#15, photo upper right) and Chris Kafina '16 (#14, photo lower right). Each netted their second goal of the year. Wesleyan had a decided territorial advantage as its defense, spearheaded by Cabell Maddux '13 (#20, main photo), kept the Continentals in check most of the day while outshooting Hamilton,
20-6. In posting his 26th career shutout, Purdy needed to make just one save.
In scoring the goals, Issroff took a short pass from Chris Lee '13 on the left side, took two dribbles to his left and fired a 30-yard banana shot that bent to the right away from the Hamilton keeper and hit the net just inside the right post in the 26th minute. Kafina scored from 15 yards out on the left after receiving a pass from Henry Karmin '14. That came in the 57th minute.
Between the Hamilton and Williams encounters, Wesleyan made a trip to Framingham St. for a non-league contest Wed., Sept. 19. There Wesleyan got on the board first in the 27th minute on a well-place shot by Brandon Sousa '16. The Cardinals kept the lead for about 60 minutes before a defensive letdown resulted in a Framingham break-away and the tying goal with just 3:58 remaining. The teams battled scoreless for the final 24 minutes. Wesleyan outshot its host, 23-11, for the game and took seven shots at net to three by the Rams in overtime.
Wesleyan returns to action Tues., Sept. 25 with a non-conference battle against Western New England in a game slated for a < webcast >. Game time is 4 p.m.
(photos courtesy of Peter Stein '84)