NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College men's soccer team used a balanced scoring attack as three players recorded a goal in its 3-1 victory over visiting Haverford College Tuesday afternoon at Keefe Field. Senior transfer Alex Redding (Newton, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon School) scored the game-winning goal in the 72nd minute to raise the Lyons' current winning streak to three matches.
Wheaton, which entered today ranked seventh in New England by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), improved to 8-3-2, while the Fords, ranked ninth in the Mid-Atlantic poll, fell to 6-3-2.
Wheaton cracked the scoring column in the 16th minute, when senior Josh Solomon (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) registered his sixth marker of the campaign. Sophomore Cecil Jeffrey (Framingham, Mass./Rivers School) created the scoring opportunity by sending a crossing pass into the box from the left flank. A Haverford defender attempted to head the ball out of the scoring area, but Solomon was able to run onto the loose ball and deposit it into the net for the first-half's lone goal.
The Lyons continued to control the pace of the match in the second stanza, outshooting their visitors 7-2 over the first 25 minutes. Wheaton's efforts were rewarded in the 72nd minute, when Redding netted his team-leading seventh marker of the season from 25 yards out. He gathered the ball on the run and displayed a series of crafty moves to free up space in order to deliver the decisive strike.
The visitors would not go quietly as the Fords were able to get on the scoreboard three minutes later. Sophomore Trevor Barlowe (Hanover, N.H./Hanover) sent a free kick into the box from midfield onto the head of junior Alejandro Rettigy Martinez (Sante Fe, N.M./Episcipal Academy). Rettig y Martinez flicked the ball onto the foot of classmate David Restrepo (Houston, Texas/Saint Thomas), who scored his fourth goal of the fall to cut the hosts' lead to 2-1.
Haverford tried to eliminate the one-goal deficit by pushing its defensive attack forward into the offensive rush. The Lyons were able to capitalize, as sophomore Will Nesbitt (Holliston, Mass./Holliston) gathered an errant pass from the Ford keeper at midfield. Nesbitt made a quick move to his left and launched an insurance goal into the vacant net.
Between the posts, senior Chris Smart (Brookfield, Conn./Brookfield) made four saves to earn his fifth victory of the season, while classmate Jamey Applegate (Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington) stopped five shots in the loss.
Today's match marked just the second time Wheaton and Haverford squared off on the soccer pitch, as the Lyons notched a 2-0 shutout on September 8, 1994. Haverford's head coach Bill Brady '95 was enjoying his senior season under Wheaton's first-year boss Matt Cushing.
Wheaton resumes New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play during Homecoming weekend on Saturday by hosting Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) at 1:00 p.m.