MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – For the third straight season, the Wesleyan University women's soccer team defeated UMass-Boston in its home opener, as freshman midfielder/forward Emily Ribatt notched her first collegiate goal in the 54th minute during a 3-0 win on Thursday evening at Smith Field.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Junior forward/midfielder Liz Young netted her seventh career goal in the 20th minute unassisted, as the tally stood up as the game winner. Young nearly found the back of the net in the 18th minute, as she drove a shot off the post. She then beat Beacons goalkeeper Maranda Caruso to the right corner less than two minutes later.
- The Cardinals, who totaled 20 shots and six corner kicks in the first half, extended their lead to 2-0 with 3:11 remaining in the first half, as sophomore standout Nicole Brodkowitz, who tallied five points during her rookie season, buried a penalty kick to the left corner of the net.
- Wesleyan did not take its foot off the throttle in the second half, as it outshot the visitors, 19-2. Ribatt scored from distance in the 54th minute, netting a shot through the air from outside the box.
- The Cardinals, who qualified for the NESCAC Tournament in six consecutive seasons from 2008-13, improved to 3-1 all time against UMass-Boston. Wesleyan is riding a three-game winning streak in the rivalry.
- Junior forward/midfielder Mo Nelson was all over the field for the Cardinals in the opener, compiling a game-high 10 shots. The Cambridge, Massachusetts native hit the crossbar in the 31st minute and sent a shot off the post in the 46th minute.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Cardinals held a 39-3 advantage in shots during the contest, including a 16-1 edge in terms of shots on goal. UMass-Boston was guilty of nine infractions and Wesleyan was charged with four fouls, while the hosts held an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks.
- Junior captain and midfielder Lauren Goetzman, who finished with a game-high four shots on goal, showcased her tremendous field vision, as her ball-handling skills down the middle of the pitch were on display.
- Brodkowitz (four shots, two on goal) and junior forward Olivia Gorman (four shots, three on goal) were important factors behind the Cardinals holding a firm territorial advantage and dominating possession.
- Caruso posted a game-high 13 saves for the visitors, while senior captain Meg Hanan and sophomore Zoe Cassels-Brown combined for the shutout in net for Wesleyan.
- The Cardinals will welcome Emerson to Jackson Field in Middletown, Conn., for a noon meeting on Saturday. The squad will then leap into NESCAC Conference action with a 4:30 p.m. showdown against visiting Tufts on Tuesday at Jackson Field.