Kaplan’s Breakaway Secures 1-0 Victory Over Medaille

Kaplan’s Breakaway Secures 1-0 Victory Over Medaille

AURORA, N.Y. – Freshman Marshall Kaplan (Trumbull, Conn.) scored the game's only goal in the 39th minute to lift the Wells College men's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over the Mavericks of Medaille College Wednesday afternoon at the South Athletic Field. Wells improves to 3-0 on the season, their best start in program history. Medaille, who played in the NCAA Division III tournament last year, loses only their 10th game in three seasons and drops to 0-3 on the year.

With the Express breaking up the field, junior midfielder Charles Naula (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) slid a ball through two Medaille defenders that caught the foot of Kaplan on a breakaway. With the Medaille defense giving up on the play to await an offside call, Kaplan raced forward, unopposed, and beat Medaille goalkeeper Erik Szczerba for the game's lone goal. The goal was the first of Kaplan's career and the fifth different goal scorer of the year for the Express.

Wells goalkeeper C.J. Bayly (Waymart, Pa.) was tested by the Mavericks offense throughout and was forced to turn aside 11 shots on net that he faced. Cumulatively, Medaille ripped 18 shots in the game while Wells only got off eight of their own. By allowing zero goals to the opponent, Bayly picks up the 12th shutout of his career. Szczerba draws the loss in his first game of the year, falling to 0-1 on the young season.

In addition to the team's third win of the season, Head Coach Dan Kane picks up his 30th career coaching victory with the Express.

The Express return to action Saturday, Sept. 7 as they host the defending North Eastern Athletic Conference champions from Morrisville State College in a 12:00 p.m. contest at the South Athletic Field. Stay up to date with the latest news directly from the Wells College athletic department by "liking" us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/WellsExpress) and subscribing to our Twitter account (http://www.twitter.com/WellsExpress).