Balanced Scoring Attack Leads Wheaton Past Southern Vermont

Balanced Scoring Attack Leads Wheaton Past Southern Vermont

NORTON, Mass.- The Wheaton College men's soccer team utilized a balanced scoring attack as five different student-athletes scored to lead the Lyons past visiting Southern Vermont College, 5-1, this afternoon at Keefe Field. Sophomore Luke Finkelstein (Peabody, Mass./Peabody) powered the hosts' scoring attack with three points on a goal and an assist.

Wheaton (4-2) wasted little time in jumping out to an early advantage. The Lyons cracked the scoring column in the sixth minute as Finkelstein curved his first marker of the campaign inside the left post from 30 yards out. Freshman Kevin Gil (Pawtucket, R.I./Wheeler School) netted what proved to be the decisive marker just six minutes later when he gathered a blocked shot inside the goal mouth and deposited it into the vacant net. Senior Will Nesbitt (Holliston, Mass./Holliston) added his first goal of the season in the 39th minute, converting on a through pass from classmate Federico Kelly (Hingham, Mass./Hingham) that sent the striker alone behind the defensive unit. The Lyons entered the intermission holding a 3-0 advantage.

Wheaton continued to apply the offensive pressure in the early minutes of the second stanza. Senior David Turina (North Yarmouth, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon School) capitalized on a free kick from the left corner of the 18-yard box in the 48th minute. It was his first marker of the season.

The Mountaineers (0-6) were finally able to solve the Lyons' defensive attack in the 50th minute. Freshman Ruben Olivares (Pico Rivera, Calif./El Rancho) took a feed from junior Pierre Massena (West Milford, N.J./DePaul Catholic) and ripped a shot between the outstretched arms of freshman keeper Matt Dickey (Newton, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon School) and the left post.

Sophomore Marlon Ramalho (Framingham, Mass./Bridgeton Academy) eliminated any thoughts of a Southern Vermont comeback, when he registered an insurance marker in the 68th minute. Ramalho headed a corner kick from Finkelstein to record his third goal of the season.

Dickey made three saves to earn his first intercollegiate victory, while his counterpart, sophomore Brenden Shea (North Providence, R.I./North Providence), stopped four Lyon attempts.

Wheaton returns to its New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) schedule at 1 p.m. on Sept. 22, when the Lyons host Springfield College.