Lyons falter at Williams in battle of nationally-ranked teams

Lyons falter at Williams in battle of nationally-ranked teams

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - The Wheaton College men's soccer team trailed 2-1 at halftime during Sunday's 4-1 non-league loss to Williams College in a battle of nationally-ranked programs at Cole Field.

Dropping their second decision in as many days, the 5-2-2 Lyons came into today ranked 23rd in the country and third in New England by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), while the 5-0-1 Ephs are fourth and first, respectively.

Williams opened the scoring in the 15th minute before the Lyons countered with a goal from sophomore David Turina (North Yarmouth, Maine/Northfield Mount Hermon School), whose 30-yard free kick in the 26th minute found the back of the net for the 1-1 tie.

The hosts took the lead for good with the game-winner coming with just under four minutes before halftime.  Williams tacked on another goal early in the second half before Wheaton nearly made it a one-goal game midway through the frame on a breakaway, but Eph freshman keeper Peter Morrell (Brunswick, Maine) successfully challenged the play in denying the chance.

Williams added its fourth goal on an empty net in the final minute, as Wheaton pushed everyone forward in an attempt to narrow its deficit.  Becoming the first team to outshoot the Ephs, the Lyons held a 16-13 edge in addition to a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks.

Wheaton senior goalkeeper Chris Smart (Brookfield, Conn./Brookfield) had two stops in the loss, while Morrell finished with seven saves.  The game had 37 fouls and five cards, including 24 and four, respectively, from the hosts.

The Lyons head to Middletown, Connecticut, on Wednesday for a non-league game at regionally-ranked Wesleyan University at 4:00 p.m.  The Cardinals are tied for 10th in New England.