With Four Shutouts in the Last Five Games, Cards Set Program Record with 1 Goal Allowed over Stretch
Dasha Battelle '11 (#15, main photo) netted goals in the opening 10 minutes of each half during the Cardinals 4-0 victory at Mount Holyoke Tues., Sept. 22 to pace the squad to its third straight shutout. That tied a school record previously done in both 1993 and more recently in 2006, and gave the team a shot at the Wesleyan record for consecutive scoreless minutes. That mark of 356:40 came during the opening four games of the 1993 campaign as the Cardinals came within 3:20 of making it four shutouts in a row.
At Mount Holyoke, Battelle took a centering pass from Taylor Stevenson '10 to net the eventual game-winner in the seventh minute, then used a feed from Kaitlin Ashley '11 to set up her second goal of the game in the 54th minute. In between, Maddy Harrington '11 picked up her first career goal at Wesleyan with Kaylin Berger '13 doing the assist honors by serving the ball over the defense which Harrington collared and put home.
The game's final goal came in the 70th minute when Beth Kenworthy '10 buried a long-range shot into the upper quadrant of the net with Stevenson again picking up the assist.
Enjoying a 20-5 edge in shots, Wesleyan needed its netminders, Clare Colton '12 in the first half and Kate Connolly-Smithwick '13 in the second half, to combine for just three saves in the combined shutout.
Wesleyan faced NESCAC rival Tufts in its next game Sat., Sept. 26, needing to hold the Jumbos off the board for at least 72:02 to eclipse the Wesleyan shutout minute mark. Tufts wasted little time halting the Cardinals streak, scoring in the opening minute of play off a failed Wesleyan clear. Wesleyan shut the door the rest of the way but couldn't crack the Jumbos armor as the visitors held on for the 1-0 victory. Colton had three saves in the Cardinal net while her Tufts counterpart needed six saves to preserve the shutout.
Wesleyan got right back into shutout mode at Western Conn. Tues., Sept. 29, posting a 1-0 victory as Battelle set up Katrina Ellis Ferrara '13 (#9, photo insert upper right) five minutes into the second half for the game-winner and Colton combined with Connolly-Smithwick once again for the goose egg, this time combining for four stops.
With just one goal yielded in the last five games, the Cardinals eclisped a program record for least goals allowed in a five-game stretch. The 1980, 1993 and 2006 Cardinals all had a five-game span with two goals given up for the previous school best.
The squad has a tough road trip for the weekend with a pair of NESCAC battles looming, facing Trinity Sat., Oct. 3 followed by a matchup at Middlebury Sun., Oct. 4.