Wheaton continues to impress during long road trip, blanks Husson, 4-0
BANGOR, Maine - The Wheaton College men's soccer team continued its successful eight-game road trip following Saturday's 4-0 non-league victory at Husson University's Bouchard Field, as the nationally-ranked Lyons improved to 3-0-1 during their month-long journey.
Ranked 24th nationally by D3soccer.com while receiving votes in the most recent National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll, Wheaton raised its overall record to 5-0-2. Being blanked for the fourth time, Husson slipped to 1-4.
Senior Josh Solomon (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) set the early tone with a pair of first-half goals just 3:03 apart, while classmate and goalie Stefan Viragh (Columbus, Ohio/Wellington School) recorded his first career shutout.
Senior Yuri Moreira (Marlboro, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon School) and sophomore Cecil Jeffrey (Framingham, Mass./Rivers School) added insurance tallies in the second half, as Wheaton dominated the stat sheet with advantages of 37-5 in shots and 7-1 in corner kicks.
Sophomore David Turina's (North Yarmouth, Maine/Northfield Mount Hermon School) corner found Solomon for the game-winner at 13:56, and senior Kyle Sye (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) connected with Solomon just over three minutes later for a 2-0 Lyon edge.
A little more than seven minutes into the second stanza, Jeffrey sent home a rebound off his initial shot that was turned aside by Eagle sophomore goalkeeper Mason Smith (Houma, La./Vandebilt Catholic), who was credited with 17 stops. The Lyons capped the scoring at 62:39, when Moreira scored his team-high-tying fifth goal of the fall following a Turina corner.
The Lyons have a week off from competition before returning to the pitch next Saturday for a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game at Springfield College at 1:00 p.m.