September 22, 2007

Engineers Fall to Conference Foe Wheaton, 3-0

Sept. 22, 2007

Box Score

Courtesy Wheaton College Sports Information

NORTON, Mass. - Wheaton College freshmen Eric Driscoll and Josh Solomon each had a goal and an assist as the regionally-ranked Lyons men's soccer team downed MIT, 3-0, on Saturday afternoon in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Keefe Field.

The Lyons, who are sixth in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) New England poll, improved to 6-2-2 overall and 2-0-0 in the league. Wheaton notched its second straight shutout in extending its home unbeaten streak against NEWMAC teams to 19 games. MIT, which is tied for 10th in the regional poll, is now 3-2-1 and 0-1-1.

Wheaton nearly broke on the board in the fourth minute, but freshman David Ferriero's early strike hit the crossbar. Late in the frame, Driscoll did finally snap the deadlock. With 10 seconds left, first-year Jake Wagner sent a long throw-in toward the net, and the ball squirted free to the top of the box, where Driscoll connected and drove a hard shot home with two seconds left. It was his first collegiate marker.

In the second half, MIT threatened during the 54th minute, but junior Andrew Bishara's corner kick was punched out of the box by freshman keeper Cole Davidson. Nearly two minutes later, Solomon sent home his sixth goal at 56:12 off a Driscoll feed. Just 28 seconds after that, Solomon hit a ball over the defense that sent Ferriero in alone on the keeper. Ferriero buried his third tally of the year into the right side.

The Cardinal and Gray had another opportunity to get on the board in the 71st minute, but Bishara's free kick just missed the frame by a foot to the right.

The Blue and White finished with advantages of 19-6 in shots and 7-2 in corners, while Davidson made one save for his first collegiate win and shutout. Junior Tom Caldwell stopped five shots for the Engineers.

Tech will play host to non-conference opponent Emmanuel College for the first time ever on Monday, Sept. 24 at 4:00 p.m. Wheaton will also host its next match, as Roger Williams University will travel to Norton, Mass., on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 4:00 p.m.