Diniz Nets Hat Trick in Shut Out Against NEC

Photo by Nina Kenny
Photo by Nina Kenny

NORTON, Mass. -  First-year Roni Diniz netted three goals as the Wheaton College men's soccer team shut out the New England College (NEC) Pilgrims, 5-0, on Wednesday at Keefe Field.

The Lyons (4-2) scored their first three goals in the first half to jump on the board early when sophomore Adam Waks pushed through the first goal of the game at 30:22 off a pass from Diniz. Just three minutes later, Diniz would find his first opportunity when junior Amara Sesay took a hard shot, but was deflected by NEC's goalkeeper Dylan Mix. Diniz then took the immediate rebound and headed in the second goal at 33:35 to extend Wheaton's lead. Diniz wouldn't stop there as he seized his second chance at 37:38 where he took a shot from the far left side that crossed through the goal.

Entering the second half ahead 3-0, the Lyons maintained momentum when junior Louis Chavez kicked a pass to Diniz where he was able to notch his third goal from the far side of the net at 47:05. He currently leads the team in goals with five, scoring in the last three straight games.

Waks concluded the scoring spree from Wheaton when he registered the last goal of the game at 68:07 to give Wheaton the 5-0 go ahead win. He was assisted by senior Steven Pinski.

Goalkeeper Erik Wisniewski recorded his third win of the season while tallying five saves to seal the shut out.

The Lyons outshot the Pilgrims 22-11 while NEC held the advantage in corner kicks 6-1.

Wheaton travels to Springfield College on Saturday in their first New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) matchup with game time set for 12 p.m.

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