Dominant First Half Guides Men's Soccer Over Wesleyan, 2-1

Photo by Nina Kenny
Photo by Nina Kenny

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - With two goals in the first half, the Wheaton College men's soccer team defeated the Wesleyan University (Conn.) Cardinals, 2-1, on Tuesday in a non-conference game.

The Lyons lift their overall record to 8-6-1 on the season while the Cardinals fall to 5-5-1.

Sophomore Curran Wait was the first Lyon to get things going when he nailed a shot at 23:03 to score his third goal of the season and take the 1-0 lead for Wheaton. First-year Roni Diniz followed his lead when he registered his team-leading 10th goal of the season at 36:11 off a pass from Wait to extend the lead to 2-0.

With the clock ticking down in the second half, Wesleyan's Alec Haas found an opening and recorded a goal at 61:05 to get the Cardinals on the board and cut the lead in half. But that wouldn't be enough as Wheaton goalkeeper Erik Wisniewski (7-3) collected three big saves to close out regulation including one in the final minutes of the game from Adam Cowie-Haskell to seal the 2-1 victory for the Lyons.

Wesleyan held the 20-17 mark on shots against Wheaton and the 2-1 advantage on corner kicks.

Wheaton switches back to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play when they compete again on Saturday, hosting the Emerson College Lions with kick off set for 3 p.m.

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