Connecticut College 1, Wesleyan University 0 Camels Move Into Seventh Place with Shutout Win

Connecticut College 1, Wesleyan University 0 Camels Move Into Seventh Place with Shutout Win
MIDDLETOWN, Conn.  (Oct. 17)  ---(Wesleyan University Sports Information) Junior Billy Hawkey scored his fourth goal of the season in the 67th minute to break a scoreless tie and it proved to be the game's only goal as visiting Connecticut College upset homestanding Wesleyan , 1-0, in men's soccer action here today.  The Camels ended a 13-game losing streak  vs. Wesleyan with the triumph, dating back to 1998, and shut the Cardinals out for the first time since 1995, spanning 16 contests.  Conversely, Wesleyan had defeated Connecticut College nine times by shutout during its 13-0 run, and leads the overall series by a commanding 28-8-2 mark.

"This was a fantastic team effort for us today," Connecticut College Head Men's Soccer Coach Kenny Murphy said. "The backline was great. Lucas Corrubia was outstanding. Colin Patch played midfield and shut down their All American."

In an evenly played game with the Camels holding a slim 13-11 edge in total shots, Hawkey proved to be the difference as his diving header from right in front of the net off a centering pass by freshman Matthew Bitchell beat Wesleyan senior keeper Adam Purdy (six saves), who had just saved an initial shot by Hawkey from the left side.  The rebound found its way to the right side of the Wesleyan zone, and Bitchell sent a low centering pass that Hawkey put his head on to break the tie.  Hawkey had generated the Camels best scoring chance in the first half but his shot from 15 yards out on the right side trickled just wide of the far post with five minutes left in the period.

Wesleyan senior Noah Schlesinger had the two best chances to score for the Cardinals, one in each period.  His first-half shot from 18 yards out sailed just over the net.  In the second half, he took a through pass on the left side and moved in alone on Camel junior goalie Casey Marini (six saves) with 17 minutes to play.  Marini made a great stop of Schlesinger's chip shot, then after Cardinal senior Evan Hazelett got the rebounds and sent another shot toward the Connecticut College net through a maze of players, the ball eventually ended up in Marini's possession as he lay on the ground 15 feet from the goal line.
Wesleyan remains in third place in the NESCAC standings with a 5-2-1 conference mark, four points ahead of fourth-place Tufts, with two games left.  Wesleyan hosts first-place Amherst (7-0-1), ranked first in New England and second nationally, on Sat., Oct. 20 in its next start, before finishing the regular season at Trinity Wed., Oct. 24.  Connecticut College takes on Framingham St. in a non-conference game Sun., Oct. 21 in its next outing before ending the regular season against Amherst Wed., Oct. 24.  Connecticut College sits in eight place in the NESCAC, one point behind seventh-place Middlebury and one point ahead of ninth-place Hamilton.  The top eight teams qualify for the NESCAC playoffs which start Sat., Oct. 27.