Altneu lifts Lyons to victory with two goals
BOSTON, Mass. – Wheaton College junior back Ben Altneu's (Orleans, Mass./Nauset Regional) second strike in the 87th minute broke a 3-3 tie and lifted the Lyons to a 4-3 victory against Emerson College on Saturday afternoon in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play.
Down 3-2 at the 69:16 mark, Lyons' junior Scott Enman (Brooklyn, N.Y./Packer Collegiate Institute) responded with his fourth goal of the season off a cross by junior captain Luke Finkelstein (Peabody, Mass./Peabody) in the 78th minute to even the score at 3-3.
Altneu capitalized on Wheaton's newfound momentum in the 87th minute firing a shot past Emerson sophomore goalkeeper Carter Bowers (Gorham, Maine/Gorham) for his second goal of the season and first-career game-winner.
The Lyons secured an early 1-0 lead in the first half when junior forward Travis Blair (Hastings, N.Y./Hastings) and Altneu scored back-to-back goals just one minute and 13-seconds apart. Blair punched home a deflected ball in the box at the 9:02 mark and Altneu followed with his first of two tallies in the 11th minute with a breakaway goal. Enman facilitated Altneu's scoring opportunity with a cross into space giving Altneu a wide-open chance on net.
Emerson sophomore Adam Halliday (Malvern, Penn./Great Valley) sliced the hosts deficit in half roughly five minutes later converting a penalty kick before the break.
In the 53rd minute, Halliday recorded his second marker in the contest with a header on a free kick by sophomore Jeremy Leder (Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hallow Hill East), which tied the game at 2-2.
Emerson senior Ole Eriksen (Asker, Norway/Rud V.G.S.) provided the Lions with their first and only lead of the game heading home a high pass from freshman Austin Alphonse (Belmont, N.H./Belmont) into the top right corner of Wheaton's goal in the 70th minute.
The Lyons finished the match with 32 shots, including 17 in the second half, and four corners, while Emerson tallied 14 shots and five corners.
Wheaton sophomore goalkeeper Jackson Towle (South Berwick, Maine/Marshwood) picked up his second win in net as he turned away four of seven shots on goal. Bowers finished with ten saves.
With his goal in the tenth minute, Blair now ranks tied for tenth all-time on the career points list at Wheaton alongside Matt Mancini '04 (27g, 19a) with 73 total on 31 goals and 11 assists. Blair also ranks tied for fifth all-time in career goals with Matt Ristuccia '05 and Jim Manganello '99, while Finkelstein moved into a tie for eighth all-time on the career assists list with Hans Ingram '03. In 53 games played, Finkelstein has 21 assists.
The Lyons (11-5-0, 4-1-0 NEWMAC) return to action on Saturday, October 26 when they host Coast Guard for a 1 p.m. conference matchup on Senior Day. Wheaton will also honor its 2003 squad which reached the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament and commemorate the 25th anniversary of the men's soccer program. Emerson (6-8-0, 0-5-0 NEWMAC) hosts Fisher College on Wednesday, October 23 at 6 p.m.