NORTON, Mass. - Senior Alex Redding (Newton, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon School) played a hand in both of the Wheaton College men's soccer team's goals Sunday, including the game-winner just 2:29 into play, to lead the Lyons past Rutgers University at Camden in the final day of the Adidas Kick-Off Classic at Keefe Field. Brandeis University and Curry College round out the weekend's action this afternoon.
Meeting the Scarlet Raptors for the first time, Wheaton posted its second shutout in as many days after blanking Curry yesterday. The Lyons recorded today's shutout despite playing shorthanded for the final 31:20, as a red card forced the hosts to play a man down. Rutgers-Camden suffered its second straight 2-0 setback and fell to 0-3.
Redding's game-winner started at the opposite end of the field, when senior goalie Chris Smart (Brookfield, Conn./Brookfield) booted the ball across midfield and over two Lyon and Scarlet Raptor players battling for possession. Redding took the ball on the right side, jetted past a defender and planted his shot into the lower left corner of the net.
The visitors nearly found the equalizer with seven minutes to play in the opening half, but Smart came away with a huge save on a rocket of a shot from senior Steve Shincarick (Mays Landing, N.J./Oakcrest). On the ensuing Scarlet Raptor corner kick, sophomore C.J. Finley's (Burlington, N.J./Burlington Township) header just missed the upper left corner of the goal frame. Entering the half, shots were even at seven apiece.
Not two minutes into the second stanza, Wheaton senior Yuri Moreira (Marlboro, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon School) drove a close-range shot on target but off the crossbar. Redding created the hosts' next scoring opportunity in the 50th minute, beating two defenders to the left of the goal before firing a shot off the keeper and to a waiting senior Josh Solomon (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional), who capitalized for his third goal of the weekend.
Wheaton outshot Rutgers-Camden by a 16-11 margin and held an 8-6 edge in corners. Smart picked up three saves during his first shutout of the fall, while junior Tim VanLiew (Deptford, N.J./Deptford) was credited with six saves for the Scarlet Raptors.
The Lyons finish their three-game homestand on Wednesday against Western New England College, which is receiving votes in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) preseason poll. Game time is slated for 4:00 p.m.