WORCESTER, Mass.- The Wheaton College men's soccer team suffered its second straight one-goal loss with a 1-0 setback to host Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) during Saturday's New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener at Alumni Field.
The Lyons fall to 3-2 on the young season, while the Engineers, who defeated Wheaton for the first time since 2006, are now 5-1.
Following an even first half that saw each team take seven shots and the Lyons hold a slight 4-3 edge in corner kicks, Wheaton attempted the only two shots through the first 17 minutes of the second stanza.
The visitors' best scoring chance came just before the WPI goal, as freshman Kai Gooden's (London, England/Berkshire School) long shot from the right side of the field carried just wide of the target.
Midway through the half, the hosts broke the stalemate on a goal from junior Chris Ciampa (Danvers, Mass./Danvers) that was assisted by senior Jason Hopkins (Mendon, Mass./Nipmuc Regional).
Wheaton made one final push to find the equalizer, rattling off three shots that were either wide or blocked. Sophomore Ben Altneu (Orleans, Mass./Nauset Regional) took two of those in the final minute, including one that went wide just before the final horn.
Lyon freshman goalie Matt Dickey (Newton, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon School) stopped six shots, while Engineer junior Jeff Wong (Millington, N.J./Watchung Hills) was credited with five saves in the shutout.
Wheaton held a 14-12 edge in shots and took nine of the game's 13 corner kicks.
The Lyons step out of conference tomorrow when they host Southern Vermont College at 1:00 p.m.