Scoring the only Cardinal goal of the second half on a 16-yard shot off a pass from Walter Rodriguez '13, Rory O'Neill '13 (#7, photo) helped propel Wesleyan past homestanding Trinity Wed., Oct. 24, 2-1, in the regular-season finale for both squads. Ending with a 6-2-2 NESCAC mark, the Cardinals secured the third seed for the NESCAC tournament which starts Sat., Oct. 27. Wesleyan will host Trinity in the first-round matchup as Trinity, with a 3-5-2 conference mark, finished sixth in the standings.
Wesleyan had taken a 1-0 lead in the first half on a goal by Cabell Maddux '13 in the 33rd minute with O'Neill getting the assist. Matt Hertgen '15 began the play deep on the right side and sent a centering pass in close to the net. O'Neill and Trinity keeper got to the ball about the same time, but O'Neill nudge the ball free onto the foot of Maddux for the chip-in past two Bantam defenders. Trinity tied the game in the 52nd minute before O'Neill put home the game-winner from the middle in the 73rd minute.
Wesleyan held a 16-7 margin in total shots and a 6-3 edge in corner kicks. Keeper Adam Purdy '13 logged three saves in holding the Bantams to a lone goal.
Wesleyan will be hosting a first-round NESCAC playoff game for the third time in the last four seasons. Williams earned the top seed in the tournament by winning a coin toss as Amherst and Williams tied for the regular-season title and came up identical with every tie-breaking process. Tufts is the other first-round host.