September 15, 2010

Two of region's best settle for double-overtime stalemate at Eastern

MANSFIELD, Conn. - The Wheaton College men's soccer team, ranked fourth in New England, and second-ranked Eastern Connecticut State University settled for a double-overtime scoreless draw on Wednesday night at the Mansfield Complex, as both teams remained unbeaten on the young season.

Entering tonight ranked 24th nationally by D3soccer.com, the Lyons are now 4-0-2, while the Warriors, who came into the game at 16th in the country according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), is 4-0-1.

As expected, tonight's game was evenly matched, with each team taking 10 shots and Wheaton clinging to a 5-4 edge in corner kicks.  Lyon senior goalie Chris Smart (Brookfield, Conn./Brookfield) had four saves during his third shutout of the season while lowering his goals against average to a miniscule 0.19.

For the hosts, who had scored at least two goals in each of their first four games, junior goalie Carl Appel (West Windsor, N.J./Notre Dame) turned aside six shots for his second shutout of the year.

Sophomores Cecil Jeffrey (Framingham, Mass./Rivers School) and Will Nesbitt (Holliston, Mass./Holliston) led the Lyons with three shots apiece, with two of Nesbitt's offerings coming in the final 13:30 of regulation.  

In the overtimes, there were limited offensive chances.  Each team took a corner in the first extra session, but only Eastern was able to get off a shot.  In the second overtime, the Warriors had another corner but nothing to show.

Wheaton continues its eight-game road trip on Saturday at Husson University at 4:00 p.m.

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