Men’s Soccer Comes up Short, 1-0, to Wesleyan Tuesday Evening at Bello Field

MEDFORD – Junior defender Nick Jackson scored the game-winning goal in the 45th minute for the Wesleyan University men's soccer team during a 1-0 victory over host Tufts University Tuesday evening at Bello Field in Medford, Massachusetts. 

Gaston Becherano posted a game-high four shots, with one being on goal.

Senior midfielder/defender Charlie Gruner was given a free kick with less than a minute remaining in the opening half for the Cardinals (4-2-1, 1-2-0 in NESCAC), and he proceeded to place a perfect ball deep into the penalty box. Jackson went right into the thick of the scrum in front of the net and headed the ball into the left side of the goal. 

The loss puts an end to a three-game winning streak for the Jumbos (3-3-1, 1-1-1 in NESCAC), as the team defeated Bates, Plymouth State and Brandeis by a combined score of 7-0, ranging from Sept. 17-24. 

Senior goalkeeper Jack Katkavich (3-2-1) earned his second shutout of the season for the Cardinals, by registering five saves. Senior goalkeeper Scott Greenwood (2-2-1) recorded a pair of saves in the contest for the Jumbos. 

The Jumbos controlled the tempo early, as they posted the first seven shots of the game en route to holding a 10-4 advantage in shots during the first half. Freshman midfielder/forward Gavin Tasker fired a shot on net in the fourth minute, but it was denied by Katkavich. Senior forward Gaston Becherano found some room on the pitch and drove a shot on net in the 17th minute, but Katkavich turned the shot away. 

Greenwood made a pair of solid saves in a 16-second span early in the second half, as he denied senior midfielder/forward Danny Rubenstein from point-blank range on back-to-back shots. The Jumbos held a 9-2 advantage in shots during the second frame, and they played desperately in the final 10 minutes, as they tried to net the equalizer. Becherano headed a shot on net in the 81st minute, but it was saved, and then freshman midfielder Zach Lane was denied on a header shot during the 84th minute of action. Junior midfielder Kevin Halliday fired a shot on net in the 87th minute, but it did not beat Katkavich.

The Jumbos led the shot category, 19-6, including claiming a 5-3 advantage in shots on goal and a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks. The Jumbos were called for 14 fouls, while the Cardinals were whistled for nine. The Jumbos were also the recipient of one yellow-card booking. 

Becherano posted a game-high four shots, while Tasker recorded three shots, with one on target. Halliday also sent three shots toward the net, with one requiring a save by Katkavich. Rubenstein totaled three shots for the Cardinals, with two being on target. 

The Jumbos will play back-to-back home games this weekend against Amherst on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and Hamilton Sunday at 1:30 p.m. The squad will then embark on a three-game road trip, which includes games at Middlebury Saturday (Oct. 8) at 1 p.m., Connecticut College Saturday (Oct. 15) at 2 p.m. and Trinity Sunday (Oct. 16) at 3:30 p.m.