Wesleyan Shuts Out Misericordia in NCAA Tournaemnt
Courtesy Rutgers-Camden Sports Information
CAMDEN, N.J. –Wesleyan junior midfielder Rory O'Neill (Silver Spring, Md.) scored the lone goal of the contest at 23:42 and the Cardinals weathered a rugged Misericordia attack to advance with a 1-0 victory.
O'Neill scored his seventh goal of the season from up top on the left side of the box, ripping a shot into the left side of the net. It was assisted by junior forward Walter Rodriguez (North Plainfield, N.J.).
The Cardinals received five saves from junior goalie Adam Purdy (Montclair, N.J.) as he broke his own single-season program record with his 11th shutout.
With 10 minutes remaining, Purdy made a leaping grab just below the crossbar off a 30-yard shot by Misericordia sophomore David Stoner (Lititz, Pa.). The Cougars, who were making their third NCAA appearance in the last four years, closed the season at 13-3-4 despite holding a 14-10 advantage in shots, including a 9-5 margin in the second half.
Wesleyan held a 3-1 edge in corner kicks.
Junior keeper Dan Fritz (Hughesville, Pa.) made three saves for Misericordia.
Wesleyan will take on host Rutgers-Camden on Sunday at 5:00 p.m.