|Freshman Gus Santos had three shots as the Jumbos earned an 11-7 advantage
SOMERVILLE - The Wesleyan University Cardinals scored late and then held on defensively to knock off the Tufts University Jumbos, 1-0, in NESCAC men's soccer action on Saturday afternoon at Kraft Field.
Mid-field play dominated the first half as there was only one shot on goal in the first 45 minutes. It came from the Jumbos and was saved by Wesleyan junior keeper Adam Purdy (Montclair, NJ). Tufts out-shot the Cardinals 6-2 for the half.
Jumbo freshman Gus Santos (Framingham, MA) had a solid opportunity in the 50th minute, but Purdy was able to punch it away from traffic in the box.
Junior Walter Rodriguez (North Plainfield, NJ) dribbled in for a chance for Wesleyan a few minutes later, but his shot sailed high from about 25 yards out.
The Cardinals struck later in the 72nd minute on a loose ball after a corner kick that was controlled by junior Rory O'Neill (Silver Spring, MD). O'Neill netted his second goal of the year, unassisted, to put Wesleyan up 1-0.
Tufts ramped up the pressure late, receiving a corner kick with only two minutes left, but they were not able to convert as the Wesleyan defense held strong.
Purdy went the distance for the Cardinals with three saves. Senior Alan Bernstein (Wayne, NJ) also played all 90 minutes for the Jumbos, making three stops.
The Jumbos out-shot the Cardinals for the game, 11-7.
Tufts falls to 1-1-1 to start the year and 0-1-1 in NESCAC action, while the Cardinals stay undefeated at 2-0-1 and 2-0-0 in conference play.
The Jumbos will be off until next Saturday when they play their first road NESCAC game at Colby at 3 pm. Wesleyan returns to action on Wednesday with a NESCAC match at Connecticut College at 4 pm.