September 19, 2007

Wheaton scores golden goal to top men's soccer, 1-0

WALTHAM, Mass. – Wheaton College rookie Kyle Sye (Acton, Mass.) made his first collegiate goal count, scoring the overtime winner in a 1-0 victory over Brandeis University on Gordon Field in non-conference men's soccer action tonight.

Brandeis (2-2-2) and Wheaton (5-2-2) played very evenly in regulation. The Judges owned a 15-13 shot advantage, including a 4-2 margin in shots on goal, while corner kicks were even at four each.

Wheaton rookie goalkeeper Chris Smart (Brookfield, Conn.) made four saves, two in each half, including two fine stops on Brandeis junior Ben Premo (Florence, Mass.) in the 53rd and 55th minutes. Smart earned his first collegiate shutout with the win.

Brandeis sophomore netminder Taylor Bracken (No. Andover, Mass.) had two stops in regulation, one in each half. He preserved the tie with a save on Lyon senior Dan Chong (Miami, Fla.) in the 72nd minute.

In the extra session, Wheaton scored the winning goal on a counter-attack. Rookie midfielder Yuri Moreira (Marlborough, Mass.) dribbled the ball to the center of the field and fed Sye, who buried the shot past a diving Bracken.

Brandeis is next in action next Thursday at Bridgewater State College at 3:30 p.m., while Wheaton takes on MIT in a NEWMAC contest Saturday at 1 p.m.