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Wesleyan tops men's soccer for fourth straight, 2-0

LEWISTON, Maine -- Wesleyan University scored a pair of goals 12 minutes apart in the first half to deliver a 2-0 men's soccer victory over host Bates College on Saturday at Russell Street Field, sending Bates to its fourth straight loss, all in conference contests.

Wesleyan (6-1-2, 4-1-1 NESCAC) won its third straight game and increased its unbeaten streak to six games. Bates dropped to 2-6-1 overall, 0-6-1 in NESCAC play.

After starting the game with a 6-0 advantage in shots taken, Cardinals struck in the 27th minute. Ian Waldron sent a cross from deep in the corner to the front of Bates' goal, where Chris Kuehn headed it past Bates first-year goalie Joe Maffly-Kipp (Chapel Hill, N.C.) for a 1-0 lead.

With 6:24 left in the half, the Cardinals doubled the lead when Noah Schlesinger scored on a breakaway, assisted by Spencer Tanaka.

Wesleyan outshot Bates 20-10 in the game, and took eight corner kicks to Bates' three.

Bates first-year Luis Pereira (Curitiba, Brazil) put the most pressure on Wesleyan's defense, putting three of his five shot attempts on goal.

Wesleyan goalie Adam Purdy made four saves in the shutout. Maffly-Kipp totaled seven saves for Bates.

Bates plays a non-conference game at Husson on Wednesday at 7pm; Wesleyan plays at Colby tomorrow at 1:30.