NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College men's soccer team pushed through a 1-0 deficit to defeat the visiting Wildcats of Johnson & Wales University, 2-1, this afternoon at Keefe Field. The Wildcats got on the board in the 33rd minute when Garrett Groeling crossed to Kaseem Kureshi on the right side of the box, opening the scoring with a goal to the right corner of the net. Wheaton waited just five minutes to get their turn, as Jules Stewart scored off of a JD Souza corner kick at 37:05. Nick Vanini netted the go-ahead goal with 33 minutes left to play after he collected a loose ball from Antonio Rogliano.
Sophomore goalkeeper Diego Medina started and competed all 90 minutes of the contest, ending the day with a .500 save percentage, one goal against and one save. Austin Scoggin suffers a loss after giving up both Wheaton goals in the complete effort. Wheaton edged JWU in shots, 9-8, and held a 6-0 advantage in corner kicks.
When asked to comment on the outlook for the 2019 season, Head Coach Bryan Waggoner remarked, "We've got a good mix of older guys and younger guys, and the younger guys are contributing in big ways. We've got a really tough schedule; we're playing some of the top teams in New England and in the country, so it's going to be a challenge. We think our guys can compete with anybody, but they need to understand that they've got to keep doing things the right way; do those little things and play together as a unit, and if they do that, we can stay with anybody".
UP NEXT: The Lyons return to the pitch on Saturday, September 7, when they host Keene State at 2:00 p.m.