Strong First Half Leads Men's Soccer to 6-2 Opening Day Victory Over Dean

Strong First Half Leads Men's Soccer to 6-2 Opening Day Victory Over Dean

SCORE: Wheaton 6 - Dean 2

RECORDS: Wheaton (1-0-0, 0-0-0 NEWMAC) - Dean (0-1-0, 0-0-0 NECC)

LOCATION: Franklin, Mass. (Longley Athletic Complex)

THE RUNDOWN:  

  • The Wheaton College men's soccer team opened 2018 season, and the Bryan Waggoner era, with a commanding 6-2 win over the Dean College Bulldogs on Friday afternoon at the Longley Athletic Complex in Franklin, Mass. 
  • The win is the Lyons first opening day win since 2014 and Wheaton's six goals is the most in an opening day game since 2010. 
  • It took the Lyons just seven minutes to get going with JD Souza netting his first goal of the year with an assist from Thomas Gatanis. Gatanis came up with the ball after a sideline double team and was able to slot it through to Souza in the middle of the box, which he redirected to the bottom right corner. 
  • Nick Vanini found senior captain Curran Wait for Wheaton's next goal which came in the 21st minute. Wait's first goal of the game came off a left-footed rocket from the top of the 18-yard box. 
  • Brandon Hall put away the Lyons third goal after peeling off his defender, where he took on the goalkeeper one-v-one and calmly slotted it past a sprawled out keeper. 
  • Wait found the back of the next again to end the first half scoring, this time after Hall beat two players before being taken down, drawing a penalty kick, which the captain converted with ease. 
  • Trailing 4-0 after the intermission, the Bulldogs found a way to cut the deficit in half, scoring two quick goals from Devin Moore and Paulo Corriea
  • Wheaton responded in the 53rd minute with a goal from senior Adam Waks with a feed from Troy Mattos. Mattos pushed the ball to the end line and served it to the back post where Waks volleyed it in. 
  • Souza and Gatanis teamed up again for the Lyons final goal of the game, this time with Souza slipping the ball through the defense to Gatanis, who buried it in the bottom left netting. 
  • Peter Pond and Diego Medina split time in goal with Medina picking up his first collegiate win after making four saves on six shots in 73:35 minutes. 

THE BASICS:

  • Shots: Wheaton 21, Dean 10
  • Corner Kicks: Wheaton 4 - Dean 2
  • Saves: Wheaton 4, Dean 8

UP NEXT: Wheaton returns to action on Sunday, Sept. 2 at 6 p.m. for another road contest, this time against Johnson & Wales.