Lyons drop third one-goal road game, lose 2-1 at Roger Williams

Lyons drop third one-goal road game, lose 2-1 at Roger Williams

BRISTOL, R.I.- In search of its first road victory of the fall, the Wheaton College men's soccer team suffered a one-goal loss away from Norton for the third straight time, as the Lyons dropped a 2-1 decision at Roger Williams University's Bayside Field on Wednesday night.

Wheaton, which is unbeaten in six home games, falls to 6-3 on the season, while the Hawks improved to 7-2.

The Lyons made a strong offensive push early in the game, taking four shots within the first nine minutes of the game.  The Hawks, however, broke the stalemate at the 32:21 mark when a Roger Williams player headed home a rebound on an initial shot that came off the crossbar.

The hosts carried their edge into the second half before the Lyons scored just over eight minutes into the frame when freshman Kevin Gil (Pawtucket, R.I./Wheeler School) knocked in a crossing pass from classmate Kai Gooden (London, England/Berkshire School).

The Hawks responded less than four minutes later with a game-winning header off a corner kick.  In the waning seconds, Wheaton made one last-gasp effort, but one shot at 87:57 went wide and another attempt a little over a minute later was saved.

Freshman goalie Matt Dickey (Newton, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon School) finished with one save in the loss, while sophomore Tom Mangels (Garden City, N.Y./Kent School) stopped eight shots for the Hawks.

The visitors held a 26-20 advantage in shots, while corner kicks were even at six apiece.

Wheaton remains on the road this Saturday for a key New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) match at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) at 4:00 p.m.