NEW LONDON, Conn. – Sophomore Augie Djerdjaj (Mahopac, N.Y.) scored his eighth goal of the season in the first half to help propel the No. 14 Connecticut College men's soccer team to a 1-0 triumph over Wesleyan in the regular season finale for both squads on Tuesday afternoon at Freeman Field. With the victory, the Camels earned the third seed for the upcoming conference tournament.
Connecticut College controlled possession 66 percent of the time during a first half that featured a low amount of shot attempts between the Nutmeg programs. The Camels, however, broke through with the only goal they would need in the 28th minute. After misfiring wide right on a header earlier in the contest, Djerdjaj took a floating cross from senior defender Freddy Stokes (Westhampton, Mass.) in the right corner and redirected it with his head off the outstretched hands of Cardinal goalkeeper Liam Devanny and inside the bottom left corner of the net.
Both teams had opportunities to score in the second half. Shortly after recess, Matthew Rubinstein one-timed a cross on a play that was initially started by Trevor Devanny. However, Camel goalkeeper AJ Marcucci (West Chester, Pa.) made a big stop with his left foot at the 48:16 to keep the visitors off the board. Connecticut College senior Manny Balbontin (New York, N.Y.) appeared to double the margin in the 71st minute with a hard shot, but the ball hit the netting and was wide right. Neither side earned quality scoring chances the rest of the way, and the hosts held on for the one-goal win.
Marcucci picked up his fifth shutout of the season by only needing to make one save for Connecticut College, which had an 11-3 advantage in total shots and attempted five corner kicks. Devanny of Wesleyan (6-6-3, NESCAC 2-5-3) suffered the loss after making two stops.
Connecticut College (10-3-2, NESCAC 6-2-2), which earned the third seed in the NESCAC Tournament, will face sixth-seeded Middlebury on Saturday afternoon. The bracket for the league's annual postseason event will be released on Wednesday evening.