Cardinals Claim 1-0 Win Over WPI in 2017 Season Opener

Photo courtesy Lianne Yun '18
Photo courtesy Lianne Yun '18

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Wesleyan University men's soccer team won its 2017 season opener on the road Thursday night, as the Cardinals (1-0) handed WPI (2-1) its first loss of the season, 1-0 at Alumni Stadium.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • It didn't take very long for Wesleyan to get on the board. Senior Charlie Livingstone sent a great pass to a streaking Adam Cowie-Haskell '18  at the top corner of the six-yard box. Cowie-Haskell then one-touched the feed with a low drive past the keeper that caromed off the post and into an onrushing defender, who re-directed it into his own goal early in the ninth minute.
  • The first half was a defensive battle as both teams struggled to place a shot on net. However, with 1:08 remaining in the first half, a header by freshman Lucas Kimball was saved by Hoeckele. Seconds later, Brandon Hima's attempt was stopped by Brian Harnett '18 to protect the Cardinals' 1-0 lead.
  • Wesleyan outshot WPI, 3-2, in the first 45 minutes of action and held a 1-0 advantage in corner kicks.
  • The home team applied pressure offensively in the second half, putting four shots on net, but Harnett was excellent between the posts as he finished the game with five saves.
  • The Cardinals got off three shots in the second half, but only one on net, while the Engineers totaled 10 and held a 3-1 advantage in corner kicks.

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals return to the pitch Saturday, Sept. 9 and will host non-conference foe Swarthmore in their home-opener on Smith Field. The game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.