Men’s Soccer Earns Third-Straight Victory, Downs Wesleyan 3-1

Men’s Soccer Earns Third-Straight Victory, Downs Wesleyan 3-1

Blair deposits two goals for the Blue and White

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wheaton College men's soccer team defeated Wesleyan University, 3-1, in a non-conference contest on Saturday afternoon at Smith Field.

Junior forward Travis Blair (Hastings, N.Y./Hastings) located the back of the Cardinals net twice, while sophomore midfielder Noah Kossoff (New York, N.Y./Birch Wathen Lenox School) recorded one goal and two assists. Junior captain Luke Finkelstein (Peabody, Mass. /Peabody) finished the match with one assist.

Blair, who has recorded five goals this season and 24 in a Wheaton uniform, is two goals away from tying Oscar Medina '97 for tenth all-time on the career goals list. Finkelstein sits two assists shy of matching Matt Mancini '04 for tenth all-time after collecting his 17th career helper earlier today.

Sophomore goalkeeper Matt Dickey (Newton, Mass. /Northfield Mount Hermon School) recorded two saves and picked up his fourth win between the pipes. Dickey is now tied with Devin Delfino for ninth all-time on the career wins list with eight total.

Wheaton recorded its first marker at 22:18 when Blair rifled a shot from roughly 20-yards out into the far corner. Blair tallied his second marker just 7:24 later after receiving a pass from Kossof and firing a shot behind Wesleyan sophomore goalkeeper Billy Queen (Southington, Conn. /Southington) into the corner.

Kossoff netted the Blue and White's final tally at 49:27 heading home a cross from Finkelstein.

Wesleyan's lone tally came at 62:15 when sophomore Chris Kafina (Lincoln, Mass. /Lincoln-Sudbury) scored his third goal of the season, an unassisted tally.

Wheaton finished the match with 14 shots (five on goal) and five corners, while Wesleyan recorded 11 shots (three on goal) and zero corners.

The Lyons are now 5-4-1 all-time against the Cardinals dating back to 1994. Both team's last meeting prior to today occurred in a 2010, a 2-1 victory for Wesleyan.

Wheaton (5-1) travels to New England College on Tuesday, September 14 in a non-conference matchup scheduled for 7 p.m. Wesleyan (2-1) hosts Tufts University on the same day at 4:30 p.m.

Wheaton is off to its best start in its first six games of the season since 2009 when the Blue and White posted a 5-0-1 mark out of the gate en route to an appearance in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship game.

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