WALTHAM, Mass. - Wheaton College junior forward Josh Solomon(Acton, Mass/Acton-Boxboro Regional) had a pair of first halfassists tonight to lead the visiting Lyons, ranked No. 4 in NewEngland according to the NSCAA, to a 3-0 victory over the hostBrandeis University Judges under the lights of Gordon Field.Wheaton improves to 9-1-1 with the win, while the Judges fall to1-4-1.
In a physical game between two rivals, Wheaton tallied twice ina five-minute span in the first half. The Lyons got all the scoringthey would need in the 27th minute when Solomon served afree kick from just outside the box. Senior Adam Sussman(Swampscott, Mass./Swampscott) was on the spot to one-time it homefor his second goal of the season.
Solomon contributed to sophomore midfielder Pablo Mena's (SanSalvador, El Salvador/American School of El Salvador) second goalof the campaign as well, in the 31st minute. Solomon fedthe ball to Mena on the sideline. Mena then dribbled to the middleof the field and rocketed home a shot from 20 yards out, beatingBrandeis junior netminder Matt Lynch (Weymouth, Mass./Weymouth) toLynch's left.
After getting outshot, 6-3, in the first half, Brandeis uppedthe pressure in the second, doubling their output. The Judges' bestopportunities came around the 64th minute. On a freekick deep in the offensive zone, junior back KyleGross's (Medway, Mass./Medway) initial shot was stopped ona nice diving save by Wheaton junior Cole Davidson (Needham,Mass./Salisbury School), who recovered in time to corral therebound by Brandeis rookie Joe Eisenbeis (Hingham,Mass./Hingham).
Brandeis got one last opportunity in the in the 86thminute on a corner kick, but Davidson was able to stop Brandeissophomore back David McCoy (Weymouth,Mass./Catholic Memorial), who came in on the play. Lynch stonedWheaton's leading scorer, junior Yuri Moreira (Marlboro,Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon) in the 87th minute, butthe Lyons tacked on a goal with seven seconds left in regulation.Moreira was able to get a head on a long throw-in towards the goalby junior forward Jake Wagner (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury).
Lynch made a season-high six saves in the losing effort for theJudges. Davidson also made a season-high six stops for thevisitors, five in the second half, to record his fourth shutout ofthe campaign.
Brandeis is next in action on Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m.against Newbury College, while Wheaton faces Wesleyan University athome on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
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