Men's Soccer Ties Springfield in NEWMAC Opener

Photo by Nina Kenny
Photo by Nina Kenny

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -  The Wheaton College men's soccer team opened New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action against the Springfield College Pride on Saturday, resulting in a 2-2 final.

After the draw, Wheaton moves to 4-2-1 on the season and 0-0-1 in conference action while Springfield extends to 5-0-1 overall and 0-0-1 in NEWMAC play.

With only four minutes remaining in the first half, first-year Roni Diniz found his first break when he knocked in a goal with a shot into the left side of the net with 3:40 left to play in the half.

Springfield opened the second half with a goal at 55:31 to tie the game, 1-1, off a shot from Danny Murphy. The Pride would go on to tally a goal less than four minutes later to take the 2-1 lead off a shot from Cam Powell. He was assisted by Christian Schneider.

Nearing the end of regulation, Diniz would grasp the momentum back for Wheaton as he picked the ball in the middle of the field and beat a pair of Pride defenders to the outside, netting his second goal of the game (seventh of the season) which hit the cross bar and bounced into the back of the net to tie it for the Lyons, forcing the game to overtime.

Senior Steven Pinski registered a shot on goal in overtime for Wheaton as he drilled a kick towards the net that Springfield goalkeeper Zach Richard dived to save. Sophomore Curran Wait, junior Amara Sesay and Diniz would also offer shots for the Lyons, but missed just wide.

Junior goalkeeper James Bailey (1-1-1) tallied seven saves for the Lyons, including two in overtime.

Wheaton travels to Bridgewater State University on Sunday for their next matchup set to start at 2 p.m.

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