Wesleyan sneaks by Misericordia
O’Neill nets team-leading seventh goal in Cardinals’ win
CAMDEN, N.J. -- Rory O'Neill netted his team-leading seventh goal of the season and his fifth game-winner of the year in the 24th minute as Wesleyan (Conn.) defeated Misericordia 1-0 in an NCAA Division III first round game at Rutgers-Camden. Now 4-0 in first-round NCAA contests, the Cardinals advance to a second round meeting with host Rutgers-Camden, which defeated Merchant Marine 4-2 in its first-round contest.
O'Neill received a square pass from Walter Rodriguez at the top of the box and pounded a low shot past a diving Misericordia goalie inside the left post at 23:42. It proved to be the game's lone goal as the Wesleyan defense, led by goalie Adam Purdy, who recorded five saves, kept the Cougars at bay. Harrison Lewin was an intergral force in helping Wesleyan, and Purdy, post its 11th shutout of the year. For Purdy, it represented a single-season school record while he also upped his career school-record to 23.
Misericordia, winners of the Freedom Conference, outshot Wesleyan, 14-10, and held a 5-4 edge in shots on goal in the first-ever meeting of the teams. When Wesleyan and Rutgers-Camden lock horns Sun., Nov. 13, it will be the first time they have met on the pitch. Wesleyan is 0-2-1 in second round games, having fallen in overtime to Messiah in 2005 and to Montclair St. in 2006. Wesleyan advanced past Western New England on penalty kicks in 2009.