NORTON, Mass. – Junior Will Nesbitt (Holliston, Mass./Holliston) scored his first goal of the season and freshman Devin Delfino (Bourne, Mass./Bourne) made six saves in Wheaton College's 1-1 tie with Eastern Connecticut State University in non-conference men's soccer action Wednesday afternoon at Keefe Field.
The tie moves the Lyons to 1-2-2 on the season while the Warriors depart Norton with a mark of 3-1-1.
The two teams played a scoreless first half which saw the Lyons hold a slim 7-6 edge in shots. The best scoring chance for either side came from Nesbitt, who broke through the Warriors defense and, with senior goalkeeper Carl Appel (West Windsor, N.J./Notre Dame) out of position, slid a shot just wide of the vacant net.
Early in the second half, Wheaton freshman Luke Finkelstein (Peabody, Mass./Peabody) sent a ball into the box from the left side of the field that Nesbitt jumped and headed past Appel to give Wheaton a 1-0 lead. The goal came at 57:19.
Late in the contest, the Warriors received a corner kick that led to the tying goal with 22 seconds remaining in regulation. Sophomore Kyle Surprenant (Coventry, Conn./Coventry) sent a long cross through the box that landed on the foot of junior Mat Furman (Montville, Conn./Montville), who was parked at the right side of the box. Furman fired a shot over the head of Delfino and into the back of the net for his third goal of 2011.
In overtime, Wheaton possessed the two best scoring chances but shots by freshman Travis Blair (Hastings, N.Y./Hastings) and junior David Turina (North Yarmouth, Maine/Northfield Mount Hermon School) went wide of the goal.
"This is disappointing," said Lyons head coach Matt Cushing. "I thought we had the game completely in hand the entire time and we lost concentration with a few seconds left. Maybe it's because we're young, but our inability to close out a game is disappointing."
Wheaton outshot Eastern Connecticut State 21-14 – including 3-1 in overtime – and held a 13-6 edge in corner kicks. Appel finished with eight saves.
The Lyons return to action on Saturday when they begin a two-game road trip with a 1 p.m. contest at Colby-Sawyer. The Warriors travel to Rhode Island College for a 1 p.m. match on Saturday.