NORTON, MA- Double overtime was avoided for the first time in four years between the Wheaton College men's soccer team and Keene State College Saturday afternoon, and junior Yuri Moreira (Marlboro, MA/Northfield Mount Hermon School) scored twice for the second consecutive game in leading the Lyons to a 2-0 non-league victory on a rain-soaked Keefe Field.
Holding a slim 6-5-2 series advantage, regionally-ranked Wheaton stayed unbeaten at 4-0-1. The Owls slipped below .500 with a 2-3 mark. The Lyons are ranked sixth in New England by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Moreira upped his team lead to six goals with unassisted tallies in the 31st and 81st minutes, moving into ninth place on the school's all-time scoring list with 25 career goals. Junior keeper Cole Davidson (Needham, MA/Salisbury School) collected four saves in posting his second shutout of the fall.
Keene senior Peter Kersker (Ipswich, MA/Ipswich) recorded all six of his saves in the opening half, as the Lyons held a 13-5 shot advantage while taking eight of the stanza's 13 corner kicks. The Owls posted a team save in the second half to finish the game with seven stops. All told, the hosts outshot Keene State, 19-9, with a 9-6 edge in corners.
The play leading up to Moreira's game-winner started in the middle of the field, where he stole the ball from the defense, carried into open space and rifled a shot past Kersker and into the middle netting. His second tally transpired on a restart following a carded foul on the left side of the field. Moreira ripped his shot from 30 yards out into the lower left corner of the net.
Wheaton is back in action tomorrow afternoon for a non-league home tilt against Roger Williams University at 2:30 p.m. The Hawks are receiving votes in the regional poll.