NORTON, MA- Senior reserve forward Adam Sussman (Swampscott, MA/Swampscott) tallied three points and the game-winner to lead the Wheaton College men's soccer team to a 3-1 victory over visiting Bridgewater State College during each team's season opener on Tuesday afternoon at Keefe Field.
The Lyons ran their winning streak to 16 games over the Bears while picking up their 19th straight season-opening victory.
Junior Yuri Moreira (Marlboro, MA/Northfield Mount Hermon School) tallied the game's opening goal for the hosts, while sophomore Conor Finn (Kennebunk, ME/Kennebunk) made it a 3-1 contest after scoring his initial collegiate marker.
For the Bears, first-year athlete Simao Mendes (Brockton, MA/Brockton) brought the visitors within one in the waning minutes of the opening stanza. Junior Mike White (Canton, MA/Canton) and sophomore Scott Macedonia (North Attleboro, MA/North Attleboro) were credited with assists on the play.
Junior goalie Cole Davidson (Needham, MA/Salisbury School) had two stops in the victory, while junior back David Winrow (South Weymouth, MA/Weymouth) came away with a big defensive stop in the first half. Bridgewater State senior goalie Ryan Seifert (Ludlow, MA/East Longmeadow) made four saves in the loss.
The first half saw limited offensive action for either team until the last 13-plus minutes, as a trio of goals was scored during a 10-minute span. Sussman and freshman David Turina (North Yarmouth, ME/Northfield Mount Hermon School) worked with Moreira for the opening score at 13:39. On the Sussman winner just 2:24 after that, freshman Cecil Jeffrey (Framingham, MA/Rivers School) picked up his first collegiate assist.
Mendes cut the Bear deficit in half just before the break, but Finn's header in the 78th minute sealed the win, as he converted sophomore Chris Thomas' (Cumberland, ME/Phillips Academy) helper.
Wheaton continues its three-game homestand on Saturday at the Adidas Kick-Off Classic, as the Lyons face the University of Southern Maine at 12:00 p.m. The 2:00 p.m. game features Brandeis University and Rutgers University at Newark.