Moreira's game-winner helps Wheaton down Coast Guard in double OT
NORTON, MA- Junior Yuri Moreira (Marlboro, MA/Northfield Mount Hermon School) scored his fifth game-winning goal of the fall during the Wheaton College men's soccer team's 2-1 double-overtime victory over the United States Coast Guard Academy in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Homecoming Saturday at a rain-soaked Keefe Field.
Today's overtime contest between the teams marked the fifth straight in the series, while it was the 13th game in 15 meetings decided by a goal or less. Ranked 13th nationally and second in New England by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), the Lyons improved to 10-2-1 overall and 2-0 in the league, while the Bears fell to 4-6 and 0-3.
Scoring his team-leading 12th goal of the season, Moreira moved into a tie for fourth place in program history with his 31st career tally. Junior Josh Solomon (Acton, MA/Acton-Boxboro Regional) notched the tying goal in a game that saw Wheaton take 28 of 32 shots and 17 of 18 corner kicks, while classmate Cole Davidson (Needham, MA/Salisbury School) had one save in goal.
Coast Guard's lone tally came in the fifth minute off the foot of junior Nick Devine (Rocky Hill, NJ). Senior goalie Tim Olah (Glastonbury, CT) turned in eight saves.
Early in the second overtime, Moreira carried the ball down the left side of the field, beat a Bear defender and drove his shot near post and beyond the reach of a diving Olah at 101:19. Wheaton's first tally came midway through the second half, when Solomon broke through with 24:44 to go in regulation after smacking a post 10 minutes earlier. Freshman Cecil Jeffrey (Framingham, MA/Rivers School) found Solomon streaking down the middle of the field, and Solomon took the pass in stride and planted his shot into the lower right corner of the net.
Despite getting outshot in the opening half by an 8-3 tally and outcornered by a 7-0 count, the Bears scored the stanza's lone goal just 4:54 in, as Devine had a look at an empty net after sophomore Brett Godiksen's (Westbrook, CT) pass managed to get past a sliding Davidson, who came off his line to challenge the play.
Wheaton finishes its weekend stretch tomorrow with a home game against non-conference foe Husson University at 2:00 p.m.