Men’s football explodes with eight goals in dominant victory over Clark

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan men’s soccer team continued their undefeated start to the season with an 8-2 victory over visiting Clark Cougars on Monday at Jackson Field. The Cardinals’ eight goals (5-0) is the most the team has scored since beating Trinity 8-2 on November 17, 1972, nearly 50 years ago. Clark (1-6) continues to struggle, losing his fourth straight game.

The goals came from the entire Wesleyan lineup with seven different Cardinals scoring, with Kyle Burbage ’25 scoring two goals for the team’s only top scorer. Additionally, seven different players recorded an assist, giving Wesleyan 12 different players who recorded at least one point on the night. Reigning NESCAC Co-Player of the Week GK Liam Devanny ’23 made two saves in his 45 minutes of work in the first half, extending his streak of shutdowns to 223 straight minutes.

Kyle Burbage
Kyle Burbage ’25 aiming for Phillip Cubeddu ’23 celebrating his first of two goals today

The barrage of goals started at 10º minute, as Burbage was receiving a great run of Dane Harmaty ’24, who charged towards the backline before centering to Burbage, who hit his right footed attempt inside the left post and scored the first goal.

Soren Tollis ’25 marked his second of the season as Phillip Cubeddu ’23 landed in a corner on the nearer side, which was deflected a few times before falling at Tollis’ feet. The sophomore didn’t make any mistakes, passing the ball low and to the nearest post to make it 2-0 Cardinals.

Wesleyan made it 3-0 at 30º minute when another corner was converted into a goal. Ethan Barrett ’24 sent on the cross where Evan O’Brien ’24 was waiting for a header which he converted into his second goal of the year.

Clark responded with his first at 56º minute, reducing the deficit to two, but Wesleyan responded back less than six minutes later when a foul in the Cougars’ defensive area was called for a penalty. In the kick, Harmaty sent the goalkeeper to the wrong side, finishing to the left of the goalkeeper to make the 4 to 1.

Dane Harmaty
Dane Harmaty ’24 kicking right on his successful second-half PK attempt

Three more Cardinal goals followed in a span of less than 19 minutes as Burbage secured his two goals, finishing in an open goal after Lucas Ruehlemann 25 passed a defender of Clark. Zach Wheeler ’25 marked his second in as many games as Max Hofstetter ’24 dropped to the left, putting him on a plate for the sophomore who scored on a looped shot in the opposite corner. Hofstetter then scored himself, dribbling and firing a 20-yard shot that deflected the left post and went inside.

Max Hofstetter
Max Hofstetter ’24 scoring a long shot in the second half

Jake Lundberg ’23 ended the game at 88º minute with his first career goal upon receiving a feed from Tegh Singh ’25 and slotted the ball home with a low shot. Singh recorded his first career assist in the play.

The Cardinals face a very tough weekend of play ahead as Wesleyan looks to remain unbeaten with back-to-back games away from home, starting with Trinity on Saturday at 2pm, before moving on to Hamilton to face the Continentals on Sunday at 1:30pm.

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