Murray's goal the difference for the Golden Bears
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Wheaton College men's soccer team was dealt a 1-0 setback by Western New England University in non-conference action on Wednesday evening at Golden Bear Stadium.
Western New England junior midfielder/forward Tim Murray's (Lebanon, Conn./Lyman) header in the 18th minute was the difference as the Golden Bears held on for their second win of the season (2-1). Murray potted his first goal of the year on a nice feed from senior forward Ryan Williams (Brewster, N.Y./Brewster).
Wheaton outshot the hosts, 12-10, while the Golden Bears held a slight advantage in corner kicks at 5-4. Lyons' sophomore goalkeeper Matt Dickey (Newton, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon School) made four saves in net in the loss. Western New England senior goalkeeper Domenick Villano (Bronxville, N.Y./Tuckahoe) stopped both shots he faced to earn his 13th shutout of his career.
Lyons' sophomore midfielder Noah Kossof (New York, N.Y./Birch Wathen Lenox School) nearly put the Blue and White on the board in the tenth minute, but Villano turned away Kossof's bid. Villano did not see another shot attempt on goal in the contest until the 64th minute taking away another scoring opportunity from Kossoff.
With the win, Western New England took a step forward in closing the gap in the all-time series which currently stands at 6-5-2 in favor of Wheaton. The Lyons took the first meeting between the two programs on September 19, 2002 by a 6-0 margin. At the time, the victory pushed Wheaton's home winning streak to 18 consecutive games.
Wheaton (2-1) hosts Keene State College in a non-conference game on Diane Nordin Athletic Field this Saturday night at 7 p.m. The Lyons, who usually play their home games at Keefe Field, will participate in the first-ever soccer game on Wheaton's brand new turf and second game ever to be featured on the field. The field hockey program will play in the first-ever game at Nordin Field on Friday night against Regis College, also at 7 p.m.
Western New England will visit Keene State's campus on Wednesday, September 11 at 4 p.m. in its next scheduled game.