Men's soccer tops Wheaton for first time since 1996 with 2-0 win

Tyler Savonen '15 (photo by Sportspix)
Tyler Savonen '15 (photo by Sportspix)

NORTON, Mass. (courtesy Wheaton College sports information) -- Rookie Tyler Savonen (Orleans, Mass./Nauset Regional) and junior Sam Ocel (North Attleboro, Mass./North Attleboro) each scored goals to lead the Brandeis University men's soccer team to a 2-0 win over Wheaton College in non-conference men's soccer action Wednesday afternoon at Keefe Field.

Junior Blake Minchoff (Fiskdale, Mass./Tantasqua Regional) recorded three saves to earn his seventh shutout of the season and give the Judges (7-2-1) their first win over the Lyons (4-6-2) since 1996, snapping a 14-match winless streak (0-13-1).


Brandeis outshot the Lyons 11-5 in the opening half and took a 1-0 lead at 29:06 on Savonen's fourth goal of the season. Junior Lee Russo (Westford, Mass./Westford Academy) started the play with a corner kick and sent a low, line drive into the box that Savonen's jumped and headed into the back of the net. It was Savonen's first collegiate game-winning goal and gave him 12 points for the season, while Russo's assist put him one ahead on Savonen with 13 points.


Ocel's third marker of the year just over eight minutes into the second half doubled the Judges lead. Senior Steve Keuchkarian (Watertown, Mass./Watertown) sent a pass through the defense and Ocel broke in alone on freshman keeper Devin Delfino (Bourne, Mass./Bourne). The forward deked around Delfino to the right, then sent a low shot just past the outstretched leg of a Wheaton back and over the goal line at 53:08.


The Judges finished the afternoon with a 22-9 advantage in shots and a 6-1 edge in corners. Minchoff pushed his record to 7-2-1 with the win while Delfino stopped eight shots to fall to 3-4-2. Freshman Luke Finklestein (Peabody, Mass./Peabody) led the Lyons with two shots on goal.


The Judges play at Case Western Reserve at 11 a.m. on Sunday for their first UAA road contest of the season. Wheaton returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Coast Guard for a 1 p.m. match.