Wheaton and Western New England draw even in non-league clash

Wheaton and Western New England draw even in non-league clash

NORTON, Mass. - Both of Wednesday's afternoon's men's soccer goals came off of throw-ins, as Wheaton College and visiting Western New England College drew even after 110 minutes of action on Keefe Field, resulting in a double-overtime tie.

Today's outcome marked the seventh time in the last eight meetings between the teams decided by no more than one goal.  Ranked sixth in New England by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), the Lyons remained unbeaten at 2-0-1, while the Golden Bears moved to 1-2-1.

Western New England broke the stalemate in the 37th minute, when junior Shawn Fitzpatrick (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills) one-timed his finish following a throw-in and Wheaton player header.  That tally marked the first against the Blue and White in three games.

The Lyons didn't get on the board until 19:27 remained in regulation.  Following a Wheaton throw-in from senior Jake Wagner (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) from the left side of the field that went out of bounds on the right side, Wagner capitalized on his second opportunity.  Wagner's throw into the box found classmate David Ferriero (Medway, Mass./Medway), who sent home the tying marker.

After an even first half that saw the hosts hold a slight 6-4 edge in shots, the Lyons took 16 of the game's final 22, including a 4-1 advantage in the second extra session.  The hosts also held a decisive edge in corner kicks, taking 11 out of 12.

Just one minute into the first overtime, Wheaton senior Yuri Moreira (Marlboro, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon School) had a short-range shot deep into the Golden Bear zone saved by freshman goalie Domenick Villano (Bronxville, N.Y./Tuckahoe).  With a little more than three minutes left in the first extra session, Western New England freshman Kevin Parma (Peconic, N.Y./Southold) watched his hard shot sail over the crossbar. 

In the final frame, the best scoring opportunity for either side came one minute in, when Wagner's header off a corner was saved by Villano.  Villano was credited with four stops for the game, while Lyon senior goalie Chris Smart (Brookfield, Conn./Brookfield) made two saves.

Wheaton next hits the road on Saturday against Keene State College for the first of a tough eight-game road swing that won't put the Lyons back home until October 6.  Game time on Saturday is slated for 1:00 p.m.  The Owls are ranked 10th in New England.