NORTON, Mass. – Senior Max Swanson (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) and junior Federico Kelly (Hingham, Mass./Hingham) each scored first half goals and freshman Jeff Paer (Honolulu, Hawaii/Iolani) made three saves in his first collegiate start to lead the Wheaton College men's soccer team to a 2-1 win against Keene State Saturday afternoon in non-conference action at Mirrione Stadium.
The win snaps the Lyons three-game winless streak and leaves them at 1-2-1. Senior Michael Broder (Peterborough, NH/ConVal) potted his first of the season for the Owls, who slipped to 1-2-1.
Kelly opened the scoring with his second of the season at 23:46. Freshman Travis Blair (Hastings, N.Y./Hastings) played the ball over to senior David Turina (North Yarmouth, Maine/Northfield Mount Hermon School), who found Kelly for the Lyons first tally.
Less than 10 minutes later, Swanson was fouled in the box and awarded a penalty kick. He drilled shot inside the right post and past Owls sophomore goalkeeper Malcolm Cheney (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) at 33:31.
The Owls cut their deficit to one just before the half as Broder converted a penalty kick at 42:06. The half ended with the Lyons holding a 6-1 edge in shots.
In the second half, the Owls elevated their played and outshot Wheaton 7-4, but could not find the back of the net. They have not scored more than one goal in any of their four matches this season.
"I thought we played a terrific first half," said Lyons head coach Matt Cushing. "We were a little unfortunate in that we gave up a goal late in the half. We lost concentration, but Keene battled us. It's always a battle and a one-goal game when we play them. Both teams really left it on the field. It was our first half that won the match for us."
Cheney finished with six saves for the Owls, who were outshot 10-8 on the afternoon.
The Lyons return to action on Wednesday when they host Eastern Connecticut State at 4 p.m. The Owls host Western New England on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.