Isabel Clements '16 (#10, photo insert upper left) converted a pass from Laura Kurash '13 (#8, main photo) into the game-winning goal in the 63rd minute during the second half, and Kurash added the insurance goal in the 77th minute to make a 2-0 victor of Wesleyan in its regular-season finale at Trinity Tues., Oct. 23. Combined with Bowdoin's 1-1 overtime tie with Tufts, Wesleyan had life for the upcoming NESCAC tournament which starts Sat., Oct. 27 at the sites of the top four seeds. Wesleyan finished 3-7 in NESCAC play and needed Colby to either defeat or tie Bates on Wed., Oct. 24 to secure the eighth and final spot in the NESCAC playoffs. Colby posted a 2-0 victory over Bates to put the Cardinals into the tournament. They will travel to top-seeded Middlebury for their first-round game at 12:30 Saturday. Middlebury earned the top seed by virtue of its 3-1 win over Williams in the regular-season finale.
At Trinity, Clements blasted a rocket into the lower right corner of the net off a Kurash pass to break the scoreless tie and post her first career goal. Later in the period, Kurash volleyed a serve from Mikaela Curtin '13 to scored on the one-timer in front for her team-leading eighth goal of the campaign and 36th of her career. In the Wesleyan net, the combination of Jess Tollman '15 during the first half, and Rachel Hobert '16 during the second half turned in a shutout effort, the fourth shutout recorded by the Cardinals this season. Tollman made four saves and Hobert added six as Trinity launched 19 shots at net to 10 by the Cardinals.
(photos courtesy of SteveMcLaughlinPhotography,com)