Wesleyan University 2, Connecticut College 0
Camels Will Visit Williams College Sunday for NESCAC Quarterfinal
NEW LONDON, Conn.--Asante Brooks (Princeton, N.J.) and Noah Schlesinger (Surrey, England) scored first half goals to lead visiting Wesleyan University (10-0-4, 6-0-3) to a 2-0 victory at Connecticut College (8-5-1, 5-4) Friday afternoon. With the victory, the Cardinals completed their regular season slate with an undefeated record for the first time since 1940.
Wesleyan captured the #1 seed in the 2009 NESCAC Men´s Soccer Championship Tournament and will host Colby Sunday afternoon for a 12:30 p.m. Quarterfinal in Middletown, Conn. Connecticut College is seeded seventh and will visit second seeded Williams Sunday afternoon for a 12:30 p.m. game in Williamstown, Mass. Head coach Kenny Murphy´s Camels completed the regular season with their best record since the conference formally aligned in a Championship format in 2000.
Wesleyan opened the scoring in the 15th minute of action. Geoff Zartarian (Falmouth, Mass.) played a through ball ahead to Brooks, who dribbled in for a goal in a 1x1 situation versus the keeper. With 15:07 remaining, the Cardinals added an insurance marker when Rory O´Neil (Silver Spring, Md.) delivered a centering pass to the middle of the box for Schlesinger.
Alex Martland (Marblehead, Mass.) collected three saves on Wesleyan shots from point blank range in the opening half to keep the game close. In the second stanza, the Camels played much better. The hosts were knocking on the door in the 74th minute when Jourdan Perez (Lynbrook, N.Y.) booted a free kick from the right side ahead to Isaac Hancock (Gettysburg, Pa.). Hancock trapped the ball in the center of the box and dished it off to Trevor Prophet (Nashua, N.H.), who fired a shot that sailed just outside of the left post.
With 14:30 remaining, the Camels penetrated the Wesleyan defensive backfield in another scoring bid. Oscar Brown (Ridgefield, Conn.) found some open real estate near the end line on the right side and delivered a cross to Brian Morgan (Harvard, Mass.) at the far post but Morgan´s blast hooked just a foot wide of the goal post.
Adam Purdy (Montclair, N.J.) made six saves en route to his ninth shutout of the season for the visitors. Kyle Rossi (Bedford, Mass.) made three saves in relief of Martland in the second half of action for Connecticut College
October 30, 2009