September 5, 2009

Men's soccer opens with 1-1 draw against Rutgers-Newark

NORTON, Mass. (taken from a Wheaton College press release) - Junior Estiven Benitez's (Warren, N.J./Watchung Hills Regional) long goal in the 67th minute pulled the Rutgers University at Newark men's soccer team into a tie with Brandeis University, and the teams settled for a 1-1 stalemate in double overtime during the first day of Wheaton College's Adidas Kick-Off Classic on Saturday at Keefe Field.
 
In the first game, Wheaton knocked off the University of Southern Maine, 5-1. The classic wraps up tomorrow when Wheaton takes on Rutgers-Newark at 12:00 p.m. and Brandeis squares off with Southern Maine at 2:00 p.m.
 
The Scarlet Raiders, who moved to 0-1-1, held a 15-11 advantage in shots, while junior Matt Zielyk (West Orange, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) turned in six saves. For the Judges, junior Matt Lynch (Weymouth, Mass./Weymouth) made three stops for a squad that was opening its season and recorded seven of the contest's 10 corner kicks.
 
Brandeis took the lead just 3:40 into the game, as freshman Lee Russo's (Westford, Mass./Westford Academy) corner kick found the head of a Rutgers-Newark defender, who inadvertently redirected the ball into his own net.
 
Midway through the first half, each team had one-on-one opportunities with the opposing goalkeeper during a span of less than a minute. Rutgers-Newark junior Robert Campos (East Brunswick, N.J./East Brunswick) first was denied by Lynch before the Judges countered, with sophomore Luke Teece (Tucson, Ariz./University) being turned away by Zielyk.
 
Benitez tallied the equalizer at 66:54, serving a ball from the right sideline just beyond midfield and finding the far left corner of the goal. Brandeis nearly took the lead back, but Zielyk came up with a fingertip save of Teece's close-range shot in the 75th minute. The Judges took four of the five shots during the two overtime periods, but neither team sent a shot on goal.

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