Middletown, Conn. – Freshman Tucker Kelsch scored the game-winning goal just minutes into the first overtime to give the Wesleyan University Cardinals a 2-1 win over the visiting Trinity College Bantams in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's soccer action on Citrin Field this evening. Wednesday's game marked the 85th meeting between the two programs, and the rivalry has been strong in recent years, as tonight's showdown was the eighth consecutive one-goal game in the past seven years. Trinity falls to 2-7 overall and 0-6 in the NESCAC , while Wesleyan improves to 3-5 overall and 2-3 in the league with its first win in four games.
The Bantams got on the board first when sophomore midfielder John Mullin (Falmouth, Maine) beat his defender to the ball inside the box and sent a shot to the bottom left corner of the net past Wesleyan's diving goalkeeper Chris Franklin. The goal gave Trinity a 1-0 lead in the 27th minute. Wesleyan responded less than 10 minutes later when rookie Sam Serxner threw a pass into the box and over Trinity first-year goalie Everett Lyons (Southport, Conn.) to junior Trevor Devanny who one-timed it into an open net. Both defenses remained strong the rest of the half as the teams went into the break knotted at 1-1.
In the final 45 minutes, the Cardinals controlled the pace of the game and outshot Trinity, 9-1. In the 70th minute, JJ LaCorte had an opportunity to put the home team ahead when he one-timed a shot right in front of the net that went just high of the crossbar. Wesleyan had another strong chance with just under eight minutes remaining in regulation when but Lyons made a diving stop on a Kelsch bid from close. The Cardinals secured the win in the 92nd minute when Kelsch fired a low shot from 10 yards out that bounced off the hands of a diving Lyons and snuck into the bottom left corner. Lyons finished with four saves and Franklin made one.