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Men’s Soccer Edges Wesleyan, 1-0, on Highton’s Second-Half Strike

Ben Highton

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Senior captain Ben Highton (Darien, Conn.) scored in the 68th minute to lift the Connecticut College men's soccer team to a 1-0 win over Wesleyan on Tuesday afternoon at Citron Field.

With the victory, the Camels earned the right to be the second seed in the upcoming NESCAC Tournament. Wesleyan (3-11, NESCAC 2-8), meanwhile, had its season come to an end.

Even though the teams played a scoreless first half, the Camels had several opportunities to score in the opening 45 minutes of action. Junior Matt Butera (Westfield, Mass.) received a pass and had an open look at the net with the Wesleyan goalkeeper out of position at the midway point, but his shot sailed high over the crossbar. Sophomore Liam Noonan (Calabasas, Calif.) also had a high-percentage shot go wide left of the goal an excellent opportunity in the final minutes of the frame.

Connecticut College (12-1-2, NESCAC 7-1-2), however, eventually broke through the only goal it needed in the 68th minute. Senior Uzii Dieng (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had the ball on the endline and found Highton alone in front of the net. The senior cleanly received the feed and tapped the ball in for the lone goal of the match.

The Camels nearly doubled their lead shortly afterwards when freshman Luke Stoneback (Commerce, Mich.) headed a corner kick towards the goal, but his attempt bounced off the post. Wesleyan was unable to capitalize despite applying pressure down the stretch, and the visitors held on for the one-goal win and 12th shutout of their 15-match season to date.

Sophomore AJ Marcucci (West Chester, Pa.) picked up the win by making three saves for Connecticut College, which outshot the hosts by a 15-7 margin and had a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks. Teddy Lowen of Wesleyan turned away four shots in the loss.

Connecticut College, which earned the second seed in the NESCAC Tournament, will face seventh-seeded Hamilton at a time to be determined on Saturday afternoon. The bracket for the league's annual postseason event will be released on Wednesday evening.