Women's Soccer Gets 2-0 Win at Trinity to Vastly Improve NESCAC Playoff Chances
Taking on its third straight powerhouse NESCAC rival in Trinity Tues., Oct. 22, the Cardinals made the most of their opportunites to convert a pair of second half shots, one by freshman Tess Daggett-Edenholm '17 (#4, left side photo) and a second by top scorer Victoria Matthews '16 (#13, right side photo) into goals en route to a 2-0 victory. Over the last three games, Wesleyan has faced Williams, Amherst and Trinity, who have a collective overall record of 25-6-5, and Wesleyan forced Williams into overtime before falling 1-0, played Amherst to a scoreless draw and defeated Trinity for the third year in row. Wesleyan will hope to keep the momentum going into its next NESCAC matchup Sat., Oct. 26 at home against league leader Middlebury.
Scoring the first goal of her career, Daggett-Edenholm received a pass in traffic in the 63rd minute from Sarah Sylla '17 and put Wesleyan ahead for good with a quick shot. In the 79th minute, strong-footed Matthews received a routine pass from Hannah Knudsen '14 nearly 40 yards from the net and pounded a hard shot into the goal for her third of the season, padding the Wesleyan advantage.
While Trinity held a 13-9 edge in total shot, Wesleyan put four on net to just three for the Bantams as keeper Jessica Tollman '15 registered her fourth shutout of the year with three saves. Tollman now sports a .900 save percentage and a 0.64 goals-against average for the season.
In addition to posting its third win in a row over Trinity, Wesleyan notched its sixth victory in the last eight meetings with the Bantams, five of them by shutout. Still, Trinity leads the overall series, 18-13-5.
With the win, Wesleyan leapfrogged from last place in the conference into a tie for seventh with Hamilton with identical 1-4-3 NESCAC marks. The two teams played to a scoreless deadlock earlier in the year but currently, Wesleyan holds the tie-breaker by virtue of its win over Trinity and tie vs. Amherst, two teams that defeated Hamilton.
(photos courtesy of Diane Stone P'15)