Wesleyan's Two First Half Goals Spoil Season Opener For Men's Soccer

Wesleyan's Two First Half Goals Spoil Season Opener For Men's Soccer
Junior Zach Danssaert battles for the ball in Saturday's setback to Wesleyan (Creative Images Photography)

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Wesleyan University men's soccer team scored a pair of first half goals to take a 2-0 win over Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon.

The Cardinals, ranked fourth in the latest New England Division III poll, improve to 1-0-0 with a win in their season opener while the Polar Bears dip to 0-1-0 after their first outing.

Daniel Issroff had a hand in both of Wesleyan's markers, starting with the game's first goal in the 22nd minute. A bouncing ball at the top of the box came to the foot of the the sophomore midfielder, who blasted a shot that deflected high off a Bowdoin defender and soared over the leaping hands of Bowdoin goaltender Will Wise at 21:04.

Nearly seven minutes later, Issroff played a corner kick into the box, where Spencer Tanaka footed a volley into the net for to double the visitor's lead at 28:03.

Bowdoin rallied in the second half, earning a 4-1 advantage in corners and 7-5 edge in shots, but could not dent the scoring column. Adam Purdy made three saves for Wesleyan, who held a 17-12 edge in shots overall. Wise finished with four saves for the Polar Bears.

The Polar Bears will return to action on Monday afternoon at Southern Maine (4:00) while the Cardinals will play Tuesday under the lights at Springfield (7:00).