NORTON, Mass. – Junior Will Nesbitt (Holliston, Mass./Holliston) registered his first collegiate hat trick in Wheaton College's 4-2 win over Husson University in non-conference men's soccer action Wednesday afternoon at Keefe Field.
Senior Pablo Mena (San Salvador, El Salvador/American School of El Salvador) and junior Federico Kelly (Hingham, Mass./Hingham) picked up a pair of assists as the Lyons evened their mark at 3-3-2 heading into this weekend's match with New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) undefeated foe, Springfield College. Freshman Phillip Frost (Bangor, Maine/Bangor) scored a pair of goals in the loss for Husson (3-4-1), which fell to 0-5 all-time against Wheaton.
The Lyons outshot the Eagles 11-1 in the opening half and led 2-1 at the break behind a pair of goals from Nesbitt at 24:36 and 29:37. On Wheaton's first marker, Mena played the ball over the Kelly at the left side of the box, and he one-touched a pass to Nesbitt, who headed the ball past the Husson goalkeeper.
Just over five minutes later, Kelly slid a pass to Nesbitt at the right side of the box, and he took a few strides before letting a shot go that found the back of the net. Frost answered with his second marker of the season to cut the deficit in half for Husson, taking a pass from senior Greg Dawson (St. Andrew, Scotland/Madras College) and beating freshman goalkeeper Devin Delfino (Bourne, Mass./Bourne) at 35:03.
Wheaton took control of the match in the second half courtesy of freshman Travis Blair's (Hastings, N.Y./Hastings) fourth goal of the season at 55:47. Nesbitt sent a free kick from the right side of the net into the box, and Blair knocked the ball into the top right corner in push the Lyons lead back to two. Nesbitt completed the hat trick at 61:00 when he headed in a rebound off Mena's shot that struck the crossbar. Frost capped the scoring 1:43 later when he scored off a feed from sophomore Zach Emeigh (Ellsworth, Maine/Ellsworth). Freshman Patrick Van Dessel (Dover, N.H./Dover) picked up the second assist on Frost's third of the season.
"It's good to be back at .500," said Wheaton head coach Matt Cushing. "Husson has come a long way and has a great coaching staff. This is a huge win heading into this weekend's match with Springfield. We have to be ready for them."
Delfino did not record a save in evening his record at 2-2-2. Junior Mason Smith (Houma, La./Vanderbilt Catholic) started in goal for the Eagles and made seven saves before exiting with an injury. Freshman Brian Potter (Waterville, Maine/Erskine Academy) played the final 29 minutes and recorded one save.
The Lyons held a 31-4 edge in shots and an 8-2 edge in corner kicks.
The Lyons host the Pride this Saturday at 1 p.m. as part of Wheaton's Homecoming festivities. The Eagles travel to Maine Maritime for a noon match on Sunday.