NORTON, Mass.- Following a five-game road trip that spanned over two weeks, the Wheaton College men's soccer team returned home on Wednesday afternoon and settled for a 1-1 tie in double overtime against visiting New England College on a rain-soaked Keefe Field.
Staying unbeaten on Keefe through seven games at 6-0-1, the Lyons played in the third double-overtime draw in their last five matches. Wheaton is now 7-4-3 overall, as are the Pilgrims.
Despite a 15-7 first-half advantage in shots, the Lyons had nothing to show for it. New England College struck first 17:51 into play, when junior Rob Lucas (Hooksett, N.H./Central) took a sophomore Julian Yourawski (Peabody, Mass./Saint Mary's) pass on the left side of the box and drove his shot into the far right corner of the net.
Wheaton made a final push in the final two minutes of the opening half, firing off three shots in less than a minute span, but all were stopped by junior goalkeeper Robert Millard (Barrington, R.I./Barrington).
To open the second half, the Pilgrims turned to senior goalie Corey Barbo (Yarmouthport, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional), who saw a ton of action to start. Of the six shots the Lyons took in the first 8:16, Barbo saved the first three, including making a huge diving stop to keep Wheaton off the board. The hosts also smacked the crossbar during that stretch.
Wheaton finally broke through in the 71st minute, as a Lyon player was pulled down in the box and a penalty kick was awarded. On the ensuing attempt, senior Max Swanson (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) delivered his second goal of the season to knot the score at one.
After holding a 17-8 shot advantage in the second half, the hosts saw the Pilgrims take all three overtime attempts, two of which were off the mark and one turned aside by freshman goalie Matt Dickey (Newton, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon School). Wheaton posted two of the three shots in the second extra session, but one was saved and the other wide.
The Lyons finished with advantages of 34-19 in shots and 5-2 in corner kicks.
The Blue and White is home on Saturday against regionally-ranked Babson College in a key New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game during Wheaton's Homecoming weekend. Start time is slated for 1:00 p.m.