Men’s Soccer Falls at Wheaton

Newton, Mass.-Wheaton scored a goal in each half and the Coast Guard men's soccer team fell 5-0 in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference match-up on Saturday. With the loss, Coast Guard is now 6-7-3 (2-3-1 NEWMAC) on the season while the victory improves Wheaton to 12-5-0 (5-1-0 NEWMAC).

Wheaton opened the scoring with an 18th minute goal by junior Travis Blair. The goal was the 13th of the season for Blair with the assist coming from classmate Luke Finkelstein to give the Lyons the early 1-0 lead. Finkelstein took a corner that found its way to the head of Blair who headed it home for the Lyons.

The Lyons were able to race out to a 10-2 advantage in shots by halftime but four saves in the period by junior Richie Burns kept the game from getting out of hand.

Less than 10 minutes into the second when half junior Ben Altneu would double Wheaton's advantage at 2-0. The own goal came on the 11th shot of the match for the Lyons, off a free kick that went over the Coast Guard wall before ricocheting off the Coast Guard defender and into the back of the net.

In the 60th minute Wheaton would remove all doubt when Blair would tally his second goal of the match (14th of the season) for a 3-0 advantage for the Lyons. Following a cross from the left side to the far post by Altneu, Blair came sliding in to bury it home for Wheaton.

Wheaton would add an insurance goal in the 63rd minute courtesy of a header by sophomore Noah Kossoff. Junior Marlon Ramalho crossed the ball in from the right side for Kossoff whose header was his sixth goal of the season. The Lyons would add a fifth goal in the 82nd minute to account for the final margin when freshman Steven Pinski tallied his first of the year. Junior Shaun Guenette sent in a cross from the right side which Pinski would one-time home to end the scoring.

Wheaton held a 19-5 advantage in shots for the match. Sophomore Matt Dickey made a pair of saves to earn the shutout for the Lyons while Burns recorded four and senior Carlos Gonzalez added one (playing over 20 minutes off the bench) for the Bears.

The loss by Coast Guard was the fourth in the last five meetings between the two schools as Wheaton now holds an 11-4-4 advantage in the all-time series.

Coast Guard returns to action tomorrow, Sunday, October 27th when they host Maritime (N.Y.) at 1:00 pm. The Bears will have a chance to qualify for the NEWMAC Tournament next weekend when they close out the season at Springfield. A victory would get the Bears into the tournament for the 15th time in the 16-season existence of the NEWMAC.

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