September 23, 2009

Moreira's seven-point day carries Wheaton past Eastern Nazarene

QUINCY, MA- Junior Yuri Moreira (Marlboro, MA/Northfield Mount Hermon School) capped a three-goal, seven-point day with two second-half markers, as the Wheaton College men's soccer team scored four times in a 7:28 stretch to snap a tie en route to a 7-2 victory at Eastern Nazarene College's Bradley Field on Wednesday.

The Lyons, who are receiving votes in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's (NSCAA) national poll and stand fourth in the region, moved to 8-1-1, while the hosts slipped to 0-8. In the first series meeting since 1993, Wheaton improved to 3-0 against the Lions.

With seven points, Moreira notched the most by a Lyon since Dan Antoniuk '03 on September 30, 2000, falling one short of the school record. He also joined Antoniuk as the second Wheaton player with two career hat tricks despite playing a little more than 20 minutes. With 29 career markers, Moreira moved into a tie for sixth in program history.

Junior Josh Solomon (Acton, MA/Acton-Boxboro Regional), sophomore Conor Finn (Kennebunk, ME/Kennebunk) and freshman Malcolm Eaton (Ayer, MA/Saint Paul's School) also scored for Wheaton, with Eaton's going down as his first in college fewer than three minutes after entering his initial game.

Senior Adam Sussman (Swampscott, MA/Swampscott) added a pair of assists, while junior Cole Davidson (Needham, MA/Salisbury School) had three stops in more than 65 minutes to earn the win. Classmate Chris Smart (Brookfield, CT/Brookfield) made one save.

For Eastern Nazarene, sophomore Chris Scearbo (Georgetown, MA/Masconomet Regional) tallied twice, while junior Andrew Trice (Quincy, MA/South Shore Christian Academy) made four saves in a little more than 70 minutes between the pipes.

Moreira struck first for the Lyons after just 7:40 of play in the first half, but Scearbo collected a misplayed clear and knotted the contest 2:36 later. Finn sent Wheaton into the intermission with a 2-1 lead after converting a Sussman through ball during the 22nd minute.

Scearbo made it 2-2 at 47:22, but the visitors countered with four quick goals. Moreira blasted home the winner off of sophomore Chris Thomas' (Cumberland, ME/Phillips Academy) free-kick pass at 50:43, Solomon scored at 53:20 after touches from Moreira and Sussman, and Moreira buried a penalty kick at 57:41. An own goal 30 seconds later made it 6-2, and Eaton tallied with 4:17 remaining in regulation.

Wheaton remains on the road for a Saturday contest with Brandeis University, which will be played under the lights beginning at 7:00 p.m.

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