Wheaton runs unbeaten streak against Roger Williams to 15 games
BRISTOL, R.I. - Wheaton College men's soccer sophomore David Turina's (North Yarmouth, Maine/Northfield Mount Hermon School) restart strike in the 82nd minute proved to be the difference during Sunday's 3-2 victory at Roger Williams University's Bayside Field, as the Lyons extended their unbeaten streak against the Hawks to 15 games.
Ranked sixth in New England by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), Wheaton also stretched this year's undefeated mark to five games in moving to 4-0-1. Roger Williams slipped to 1-4.
Turina blasted his 25-yard free kick into the upper left corner of the net, marking his first career goal and game-winner. Turina also had a hand in Wheaton's first goal at 30:17, when his corner serve found the head of senior Yuri Moreira (Marlboro, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon School), whose fourth goal of the fall provided the Lyons with an early 1-0 edge.
Following an own goal in the 64th minute that evened the score at one, Wheaton retook the lead at 71:06, as sophomore Max Swanson (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) headed home a long throw-in from senior Jake Wagner (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional).
The hosts knotted the game a second time at 75:07, as the Lyons were unable to clear a long ball played into the box, before Turina completed the scoring at 81:42. Wheaton dominated the stat sheet, tripling the Hawks' nine shots while taking six of the game's seven corner kicks.
Senior goalie Stefan Viragh (Columbus, O.H./Wellington School) picked up the win in his first college start, finishing with one save, while Roger Williams freshman Jon Pelloso (Wilbraham, Mass./Minnechaug Regional) was credited with nine stops.
In the midst of an eight-game road trip, the Lyons head to Eastern Connecticut State University on Wednesday to face the region's fourth-ranked team at 7:00 p.m.