Men’s soccer team loses to Wheaton

One goal separated the two sides

Wheaton College’s Travis Blair netted the game’s lone goal at 10:32 off a penalty kick to provide the No. 17 Lyons a 1-0 victory against MIT on Saturday afternoon at Roberts Field in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play. With the victory, Wheaton improves to 11-2-1 overall and 4-0-0 in conference play, while MIT falls to 4-4-4 and 1-3-0.

Following back-to-back corner kicks by Wheaton’s Luke Finkelstein at 3:49 and 4:04 in the first half, the Lyons located the back of the net following a handball against MIT in the box. Blair fired home his 10th goal of the season, sailing his shot to the right of goalkeeper Jake L. Amereno ’16.

MIT, which finished with 13 shots, tried to even the score with nine attempts in the first half, but Wheaton goalkeeper Matt Dickey turned away five shots. Chester Chambers ’15, Austin E. Freel ’16 and Alexander C. McCullumsmith ’17 finished the session with three shots, respectively.

Wheaton attempted to grow their lead early in the second half with shots by Finkelstein and Noah Kossoff, but both attempts sailed past the MIT goal. Freel recorded his fourth shot shortly after — a header following a corner kick by Sean D. Bingham ’16, that went out of play. Joshua M. Wilson ’18 recorded Tech’s next shot — an attempt from five yards outside of the box that sailed wide of the Wheaton net.

MIT finished the match with eight corners and Amereno recorded three stops. Wheaton recorded 13 shots and two corners, and Dickey registered six saves.

Both teams return to action Saturday, October 18 as MIT travels to Clark University for a 1:00 p.m. kickoff, while Wheaton hosts Emerson for a 12:00 p.m. start.