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Men’s Soccer Battles With Wesleyan For Scoreless Draw

Middletown, Conn. – September 13, 2011 – The Springfield College men’s soccer team earned its second scoreless draw in its last three games as the Pride battled to a 0-0 tie at Wesleyan University in non-conference action Tuesday afternoon.

With the tie, Springfield remains unbeaten this season as it stands at 3-0-2, as it shutout Wesleyan for the first time since 1990. The Cardinals are now 1-0-1.

Springfield appeared to take a 1-0 lead early in the second half, as the Pride sent a header out of a crowd into the Wesleyan net at the 51:53 mark, but an offsides call negated the score.

Wesleyan also missed a chance to jump on the scoreboard in the 10th minute, as junior Evan Hazelett hit the right post with the game’s first shot at 9:26. That would be the closest either team would come to scoring as the bulk of play in the match took place in the midfield.

Springfield freshman goalkeeper Brett Bascom tallied four saves in the Pride net. Bascom has not allowed a goal in three games this season, spanning 265 minutes, and has racked up 11 saves in the process. The shutout was the third of the season for Springfield in five games. Wesleyan junior keeper Adam Purdy had three saves as the Cardinals posted their first shutout of the year.

The Pride open up New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday afternoon at MIT. Kick-off is scheduled for 2:00 pm as Springfield will play its second match of a four-game road swing.

(Photo by Cindi Williamson of Fat Dog Fotos)