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Pair of First Half Goals Propels Wesleyan Past Springfield

Cameron Park tallied his first career goal during the victory (Jonas Powell '18).
Cameron Park tallied his first career goal during the victory (Jonas Powell '18).

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan men's soccer team (1-0-1) used a pair of first-half goals to propel themselves past Springfield (1-4-1). The Cardinals held a 12-5 edge in shots and a 13-2 advantage in corner kicks during the shutout.   

"Today was a great team effort," stated head coach Geoff Wheeler. "The seniors started it off opening the scoring, followed by a first-year player. Despite letting the beginning of the second half get away from us a little bit, I thought we finished the game very strong. I think we all recognize that we will need to raise our level of play when we entertain the Ephs on Saturday." 

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Wesleyan's Lucas Kimball looked to open the scoring at the 2:58 mark when he one-timed a cross by Jake Lundberg, but his shot sailed just high.
  • The Pride had a great chance to get on the board 12:51 into the game, but Joseph Olayneck's header attempt went just wide as the match remained scoreless.
  • The Cardinals cracked open the game at the 26:18 mark after a foul just outside of the 18. Springfield goalkeeper Qasim El-Ashkar dove to his right to deny the free kick by Cameron Park, but Park's hard shot slipped past El-Ashkar for the 1-0 edge.
  • Wesleyan doubled its advantage at the 35:49 mark when first-year Matthew Rubenstein connected with a through ball from Jack Wolf, finding the bottom right of the goal for his first career tally.
  • The hosts had a good chance to add a third goal with just 53 seconds remaining in the half, but Springfield's El-Ashkar punched Tucker Kelsch's shot over the top of the net.
  • The Pride looked to cut the deficit at the 73:36 mark when Jack Rosenberg sent a corner into the box, but Wesleyan goaltender Liam Devanny came charging off his line to deny any shots.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Devanny earned his first career win in goal, making two saves to preserve the shutout.
  • El-Ashkar suffered the loss for Springfield with a pair of stops in the first half, while Chris Prizio made two stops in the final 45 minutes of play.

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals host Little Three rival Williams on Saturday at 3:00 p.m., before hitting the road for two-straight away contests the following week.