Wheaton extends unbeaten streak against Brandeis during 3-0 road win
WALTHAM, MA- Behind a pair of first-half assists during a 4:25 span from junior Josh Solomon (Acton, MA/Acton-Boxboro Regional), the Wheaton College men's soccer team extended its unbeaten streak against Brandeis University to 14 games as the Lyons blanked the host Judges, 3-0 on Saturday under the lights of Gordon Field.
Receiving national votes and ranked fourth regionally by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), Wheaton improved to 9-1-1 while staying perfect on the road at 5-0. The Lyons are 13-0-1 in their last 14 meetings with Brandeis and won by more than one goal in Waltham for the first time. The Judges fell to 1-4-1.
Solomon assisted senior Adam Sussman (Swampcott, MA/Swampscott) and sophomore Pablo Mena (San Salvador, El Salvador/American School of El Salvador) in the 27th and 31st minutes, respectively, while junior Yuri Moreira (Marlboro, MA/Northfield Mount Hermon School) scored with seven ticks on the clock thanks to a long throw-in from classmate Jake Wagner (Sudbury, MA/Lincoln-Sudbury Regional).
Junior goalie Cole Davidson (Needham, MA/Salisbury School) notched a season-high six saves, including five in the second half, to pick up his fourth shutout of the season. He improved to 6-1-1 while lowering his goals against average to 0.76. Wheaton held a 15-9 advantage in shots, while Brandeis took four of the game's six corner kicks.
The Lyons received all the scoring they would need when Solomon served a free kick from just outside the box to Sussman, who sent it home at 26:08 of the first half. Solomon also had a hand in Wheaton's second tally, feeding Mena toward the sideline. Mena dribbled to the middle of the field and delivered a strike from 20 yards out at 30:33.
Trailing 2-0 approaching the midway point of the second half, Brandeis had back-to-back scoring opportunities off a free kick, but Davidson denied the initial shot on a nice diving save before recovering in time to corral the rebound by another Judge player.
Davidson also stopped a strong Brandeis chance in the 86th minute on a corner kick before the Judge keeper turned away Moreira in the 87th minute. Moreira eventually broke into the scoring column with a header and his team-leading 11th goal of the fall. Upping his career tally to 30, Moreira became just the sixth player in program history to reach the 30-goal plateau.
Wheaton begins a three-game homestand on Tuesday when it welcomes non-league foe Wesleyan University to Keefe Field for a 4:00 p.m. start.