NORTON, Mass.- The Wheaton College men's soccer team took a 3-0 halftime lead against visiting Colby-Sawyer College on Sunday, only to see the Chargers score twice in the second half, but the Lyons fended off their guests in holding on for a 3-2 victory at Keefe Field.
Avenging last year's loss to Colby-Sawyer while extending its winning streak to three games, Wheaton is now 6-2. The visitors slipped to 2-5-1.
The Lyons didn't waste any time cracking the scoring column, as freshman Kevin Gil (Pawtucket, R.I./Wheeler School) beat the Charger keeper at 4:24 after collecting a one-touch pass from sophomore Travis Blair (Hastings, N.Y./Hastings). Sophomore Luke Finkelstein (Peabody, Mass./Peabody) started the play with a free kick to Blair.
Wheaton took a 2-0 lead in the 11th minute when a Colby-Sawyer player inadvertently kicked the ball in his own net. Finkelstein provided the Lyons with a 3-0 advantage when he deposited his second goal of the season into the lower right corner of the net.
Owning first-half advantages of 13-4 in shots and 7-1 in corner kicks, Wheaton carried what it thought was a comfortable three-goal advantage into the break. In the second half, the Chargers quickly made it a one-goal game by scoring two times through the first 15 minutes.
Senior Kurt Carvalho (Plymouth, Mass./Bishop Stang) connected with freshman Michael Rooney (Hamilton, New Zealand/Saint Paul's Collegiate School) both times. Carvalho started the plays with booming free kicks near midfield and Rooney finished them with headers beyond the reach of the Lyon goalie at 50:37 and 59:41.
The tandem attempted to make it three for three later in the half but to no avail, as Wheaton freshman goalie Matt Dickey (Newton, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon School) kept the Chargers off the board the rest of the way.
Dickey picked up two saves in more than 75 minutes for the win, while Colby-Sawyer sophomore Nick Austin (Westerly, R.I./Westerly) had three stops.
Wheaton outshot the visitors by a 21-11 count and took eight of nine corners.
The Lyons travel to Bristol, R.I., on Wednesday night for a non-conference contest against Roger Williams University at 7:00 p.m.