NORTON, Mass. – Junior Federico Kelly (Hingham, Mass./Hingham) scored his first goal of the season midway through the second half in Wheaton College's 2-1 loss to Hobart in non-conference men's soccer action Sunday afternoon at Keefe Field.
Senior Tony Yeboah (Portland, Maine/Deering) and freshman Kyle Herod (Lancaster, N.Y./Lancaster) each scored for the Statesmen, who improved to 3-0-0 with the win. The loss drops the Lyons to 0-1-1.
Yeboah opened the scoring at 5:08 when he worked a nice give-and-go with junior Alex kittleberger (Webster, N.Y./Webster Schroeder) to tally his second goal of the season. After dumping the ball to Kittleberger, Yeboah received the pass back and fired a shot inside the right post.
The Statesmen stretched their lead to 2-0 less than 10 minutes into the second half when Herod scored on a free ball from freshman Josh Galindez-Webb (Rochester, N.Y./Pittsford Mendon) at 54:40.
Kelly cut the Lyons deficit in half at 2-1 with his first marker of the year at 60:21. Freshman Luke Finkelstein (Peabody, Mass./Peabody) played a long cross from the left side of the field into the box, and Kelly was cutting to the right post and chipped the ball in.
"This was a great college game with two teams going after it," said Lyons head coach Matt Cushing. "It was a heavyweight fight. I was very excited with the way we responded with a very young team. After they got up 2-0, we came right back and had a chance to tie it, but Hobart is a good team and will do great things this year. We proved that we're right there."
Hobart outshot the Lyons 22-18 and held a 7-3 edge in corner kicks. Senior goalkeeper Charlie Hale (Winchester, Mass./Winchester) saw his shutout streak to begin the 2011 campaign snapped at 202:32, but still picked up his third win of the season. He finished the afternoon with four saves. Wheaton freshman Devin Delfino (Bourne, Mass./Bourne) recorded nine saves.
The Lyons return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Western New England for a 4 p.m. match. The Statesmen host Medaille on Friday 4:30 p.m.