Men's Soccer Defeats WNE on Goal by Cabell Maddux '13 on Heels of Scoreless Tie at Williams
Cabell Maddux '13 (#20, photo by Peter Stein '84) headed in the game's only goal in the 52nd minute from the right post after receiving a long serve from Brandon Sousa '16 as Wesleyan defeated Western New England Tues., Sept. 25. Daniel Issroff '15 started the scoring play for Wesleyan with a short corner pass to Sousa to the left of the box. His left-footed serve went to the head of Maddux and his header traveled all the way across the goal and just inside the left post.
Wesleyan dominated the second half of play with a 12-2 shot differential after the teams played quite evenly over the opening 45 minutes of action. Shots were 4-4 at intermission and each team had a great scoring chance just go wide. With two minutes left in the period, WNE sent a hard shot from 18 yards out that just missed the right goal post. Five minutes earlier, Rory O'Neill '13 narrowly missed the left post with a short-ranged header.
Goalie Adam Purdy '13 needed just one save to post his fourth shutout of the year and 28th of his four-year career.
Wesleyan is back in action Sat., Sept. 29 hosting NESCAC rival Middlebury. The Cardinals carry a 2-1-1 NESCAC record into the contest with their last NESCAC outing at Williams Sat., Sept. 22 resulting in a scoreless tie. It was the fifth straight game between the Little Three rivals that went into overtime but the first scoreless deadlock between the teams since 1941, a span of 75 games. When Wesleyan and Middlebury did battle in Vermont during the regular season last year, the teams tied, 0-0, one of three scoreless draws played by the Cardinals in 2011.