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Men’s Soccer Edged By Ephs in Overtime

Alec Haas scored a goal to knot the game 1-1 in regulation (Steve McLaughlin).
Alec Haas scored a goal to knot the game 1-1 in regulation (Steve McLaughlin).

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan men's soccer team (1-1-1, 0-1-1) was edged by Williams 2-1 in overtime on Saturday. The Cardinals came from behind to knot the game 1-1, but the Ephs (1-2-1, 1-1-0) scored first in overtime to triumph. 

"As a young team we had some great moments today, but hats off to Williams," stated head coach Geoff Wheeler. "I am proud of how we battled back from down a goal early on, but we also have to learn to play smarter in order to be at our best."

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Wesleyan threatened just 1:27 into the contest after a free-kick was awarded outside the 18, but Mike Gallo's header attempt went wide left.
  • The visitors looked to crack open the game at the 16:17 mark. Will Felitto sent a through ball to Demian Gass, but Cardinal goaltender Liam Devanny came charging off his line to deny a score.
  • Wesleyan had a great chance to score at the 22:07 mark, but Eph goalie Michael Davis dove to his right to deny Cameron Park's shot, keeping the contest scoreless.
  • Williams broke through at the 34:02 mark when Gass one-timed Andrew Matthew's pass with a backward scissor kick to make it 1-0.
  • Wesleyan responded just 1:49 later to knot the game 1-1. Steven Perchuk sent a cross from the left side into the box, before Alec Haas buried the ball in the bottom right corner.
  • The first 20 minutes of the second half saw much back-and-forth action, before the Ephs had a great opportunity to take the lead. Jamie Holland rifled a shot towards the Wesleyan goal, but Gaelin Kingston came up big with a defensive save to deny the chance.
  • Neither team had another quality opportunity, as regulation expired and forced the contest into overtime.
  • Williams didn't waste time in the extra session, finding the back of the goal 1:30 in. Gass rocketed a shot from midfield that initially hit the crossbar, but Bobby Fabricant one-timed the rebound to clinch the game 2-1.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Devanny suffered the loss for Wesleyan, making seven saves during the contest.
  • Williams' Davis picked up his first win of the season with four stops.
  • The Ephs held an edge in shots (16-11) and corners (4-3).

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals travel to Emerson on Tuesday for a 7:00 p.m. start.