CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Three goals helped lift the Wheaton College men's soccer team, 3-0 over the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Engineers on Saturday in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.
The Lyons advance to 7-6-1 and 1-2-1 in the NEWMAC with their first conference win while the Engineers fall to 4-7 overall and 1-3 in NEWMAC play.
All goals were scored in the first half for Wheaton with junior Amara Sesay clutching the first opportunity by taking a penalty kick at 11:34 following an MIT foul that got Wheaton on the board, 1-0. First-year Roni Diniz registered his ninth goal of the season when he gripped a turnover and chipped the ball over the head of MIT's goalkeeper. Just ten minutes later, Diniz crossed a pass to sophomore Curran Wait who pushed through a goal in the bottom left side of the net to advance the Lyons lead, 3-0.
Wheaton's defense would be put to work in the second half, deflecting shots from the Engineers to prevent them from getting on the board. Junior goalkeeper Erik Wisniewski collected two saves in the game and moves to 6-3 overall.
MIT put up one last shot attempt in the final minute of regulation, but missed high.
Wheaton held the 10-4 advantage on corner kicks and 21-11 mark on shots made.
The Lyons travel to Wesleyan University (Conn.) on Tuesday at 4 p.m. for their next competition.