WORCESTER, MA- Wheaton College men's soccer sophomore Chris Thomas (Cumberland, ME/Phillips Academy) scored the lone goal in the 17th minute, and junior Cole Davidson (Needham, MA/Salisbury School) made three saves to back the Lyons to a 1-0 league victory at Clark University's Granger Field on Saturday.
The contest was a rematch of a 2008 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament first-round game, also won 1-0 by the Lyons. Wheaton, which is receiving national votes from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) while standing fourth in the New England poll, improved to 12-3-1 overall and 3-1 in the league. The Cougars slipped to 9-4-1 and 1-3-1 in seeing their five-game unbeaten streak end. All of their losses this season have been by one goal.
Freshman Ryan King (Brimfield, MA/Tantasqua Regional) had two stops for Clark, which held a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks. Holding a 12-10 edge in shots, Wheaton improved to 15-2-1 in the all-time series, as the loser in contests between the schools has now been blanked 13 times.
Thomas got the Lyons on the board at 16:46, heading home freshman Cecil Jeffrey's (Framingham, MA/Rivers School) pass for his first marker of the season. Wheaton and Clark each had five shots in the opening half, with Davidson recording one save.
The Lyons increased their offensive pressure in the second half, holding a 7-5 edge in shots for the period. The hosts continued to push for the equalizer, taking five of the stanza's six corner kicks, but came away empty.
Wheaton returns home for the first time in two weeks tomorrow when it takes on Saint Joseph's College of Maine at 2:00 p.m.