Blair buries two markers for Lyons
NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College men's soccer team shut out Keene State College, 3-0, in non-conference action on Saturday night in the first-ever soccer game to be played at Nordin Field.
Nordin Field is named after Diane C. Nordin '80, who provided the lead gift to fund the project. Nordin's gift will benefit several members of the Wheaton community including the field hockey, men's and women's lacrosse and men and women's soccer programs, intramurals, club and recreational sports and other members of the surrounding community.
Wheaton junior forward Travis Blair (Hastings, N.Y./Hastings) tallied two goals, including a penalty kick in the 64th minute to highlight the offense. Sophomore midfielder Noah Kossoff (New York, N.Y./Birch Wathen Lenox School) found the back of the net in between Blair's markers at the 34:36 mark off of a rebound. Classmate Michael Williams (Los Angeles, Calif./Millbrook School) was credited with an assist on the tally as his initial shot was saved by Keene State junior goalkeeper Michael Ketterman (Monson, Mass./Monson).
Lyons' sophomore goalkeeper Matt Dickey (Newton, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon School) turned aside four shots to earn his first shutout of the season and second of his career.
The Owls nearly got on the scoreboard in the 21st minute as senior forward Scott Douglas (East Greenwich, R.I./East Greenwich) ripped a shot towards goal with Dickey out of position. Wheaton freshman midfielder/back Kevin Davis (Beacon, N.Y./Beacon) thwarted Douglas' bid heading his shot away from the net to keep the score even at 0-0.
The Blue and White broke open the scoreless affair on a superb play by Blair near top left corner of the box at 32:09. After Blair settled a high pass off of his chest, the junior forward dribbled past an Owls back and sniped a shot across the goalmouth into the right corner of the net for a 1-0 advantage.
At 34:36, Kossoff put home a rebound off of an initial shot from Williams to take a 2-0 lead into halftime. The Lyons outshot Keene State 17-6 in the opening stanza and 24-15 overall in the contest. Wheaton also held a slight edge in corner kicks, 4-3.
Keller came up with six saves in net for the Owls in his first start of the season.
Wheaton (3-1) travels to Emmanuel on Tuesday, September 10 in a non-conference matchup scheduled for 7 p.m. Keene State (0-3) hosts Western New England on Wednesday, September 11 at 4 p.m. The Owls will begin a five game homestand against the Golden Bears next Wednesday. With the win, the Lyons are now 9-6-2 overall in the all-time series against Keene State dating back to 1997.
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