Middletown, Conn. - September 11, 2019 - The Springfield College men's soccer team surrendered a pair of first-half goals just nine minutes apart as Wesleyan prevailed by a 2-0 decision in non-conference action on Wednesday afternoon.
Cardinals held a 12-5 edge in shots and a 13-2 advantage in corner kicks during the shutout to improve to 1-0-1, while the Pride fell to 1-4-1.
The Pride had a great chance to get on the board 12:51 into the game, but Joseph Olaynack's (Middletown, R.I.) header went just wide as the match remained scoreless.
The Cardinals cracked open the game at the 26:18 mark after a foul just outside of the 18. Springfield goalkeeper Qasim El-Ashkar (Salem, Mass.) dove to his right to deny the free kick by Cameron Park, but Park's shot slipped past El-Ashkar for the 1-0 edge. The hosts doubled its advantage at the 35:49 mark when first-year Matthew Rubenstein connected with a through ball from Jack Wolf, finding the bottom right of the goal for his first career tally.
The hosts had a good chance to add a third goal with just 53 seconds remaining in the half, but Springfield's El-Ashkar made an outstanding save by punching Tucker Kelsch's shot over the top of the net.
The Pride looked to cut the deficit at the 73:36 mark when Jack Rosenberg (Simsbury, Conn.) sent a corner into the box, but Wesleyan goaltender Liam Devanny came charging off his line to deny any shots. Devanny earned the win in goal, making two saves to preserve the shutout, while El-Ashkar made a pair of first-half stops and Chris Prizio (Trumbull, Conn.) made two saves in the final 45 minutes of play.
On Saturday night, the Pride will head north to take on Castleton at 7 pm.
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