Blair tallies one goal and one assist in winning effort
NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College men's soccer team handed Bridgewater State University a 2-0 loss in non-conference action on Wednesday evening at Keefe Field.
Lyons' junior forward Travis Blair (Hastings, N.Y./Hastings) registered one goal and one assist, while classmate Scott Enman (Brooklyn, N.Y./Packer Collegiate Institute) netted the game-winner in the 13th minute to snap a two game losing skid for the Blue and White.
Early in the first half, Blair found Enman sprinting in stride near the right flank with a sharp pass through the middle of the Bears backline from the defensive end of the pitch giving Enman a one-on-one chance at goal. Enman possessed the ball cleanly and fired a strike into the lower left corner of the net after breaking away from Bridgewater State's defense.
The Lyons continued to press after taking a 1-0 advantage as the Bears came up with two team saves, which were both turned away by junior defender Chris Naughton (Braintree, Mass./Braintree), over the next 12:54 of play to keep the deficit at one goal. Wheaton junior Brian Kenny (Mount Vernon, N.Y./Iona Prep) also had a free kick bid ricochet off the post in the 17th minute during that span.
Down a student-athlete in the second half, the Blue and White capitalized on a foul roughly 25-yards outside of the box as Blair deposited his team-leading 11th goal of the season into the top left corner of the net for a 2-0 gap.
Bridgewater State produced several chances in the closing stanza compiling all seven of its shots on goal against Wheaton sophomore goalkeeper Matt Dickey (Newton, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon School) over the final half. Bears' senior goalkeeper Matt Bagley (Braintree, Mass./Braintree) turned aside six shots in the loss. Dickey, who improves to 9-5-0 on the season, recorded his fifth shutout in goal for the Lyons. The visitors outshot Wheaton, 16-15, while the Lyons held a 7-2 differential in corners.
Wheaton (10-5-0, 3-1-0 NEWMAC) travels to Emerson College on Saturday, October 19 at 1 p.m. for a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) matchup. Bridgewater State (5-6-2, 2-0-2 MASCAC) hosts Mass. Maritime in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) showdown on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. With the victory, the Lyons pushed their record against the Bears to 18-2-0 in the all-time series which dates back to 1992.