MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The No. 21 Wesleyan women's soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to seven (6-0-1) with a 3-2 victory over Emerson (6-4-0) on Tuesday afternoon. Audrey Lavey tallied the game-winner, while Grace Devanny scored a pair of goals. The two tallies by Devanny ties her for first in the NESCAC in goal scoring, as she now leads the team in points (12). With the triumph, the Cardinals improve to 6-1-1 and set a new program record for longest unbeaten streak.
"We faced another challenging opponent today, who helped reveal some areas of improvement," stated head coach Eva Meredith. "As a young team who continues to reach program milestones, games like these are important for us to continue growing together."
- Wesleyan looked to tally an early goal with an opportunity just 39 seconds in, but Dani Milovanov's shot was blocked by an Emerson defender.
- The Cardinals had their best chance of the half at the 20:56 mark. Devanny redirected a corner by Andi Wiley, but her header attempt sailed just high.
- Wesleyan held a commanding 12-0 advantage in shots during the first half, but were unable to capitalize as the teams headed into the break knotted 0-0.
- Emerson broke the scoreless draw after a Wesleyan miscue, taking a 1-0 edge at the 46:36.
- The Cardinals responded with 59:43 expired when Devanny one-timed a corner by Wiley, burying the header in the top right corner to knot the game 1-1.
- Devanny gave Wesleyan the lead at the 67:24 mark with her second goal of the game. On a breakaway, she beat Lions' goalkeeper Megan Rose on the right, before burying the ball in the bottom left for the 2-1 advantage.
- Emerson answered less than two minutes later in a similar fashion. Alexa Ingersoll forced Wesleyan keeper Sarah Hammond off her line, before beating her to tie the game 2-2.
- Lavey scored the game-winner at the 84:10 mark when she rifled a shot from the top of the 18 to put the Cardinals up 3-2.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Hammond earned the win in net for Wesleyan, forced to make just one save.
- Rose made eight stops in goal for Emerson.
- The Cardinals held a commanding advantage in shots (24-8) and corner kicks (9-1) during the victory.
- Wesleyan travels to Little Three rival Amherst on Saturday for a noon start, before hosting No. 13 Tufts on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.