Men's Soccer Cornered by Wheaton in Double Overtime Loss

Matt Farrell

Worcester, MA --- Travis Blair (Hastings, NY) tucked a header off a Luke Finkelstein (Peabody, MA) corner kick just inside in the right post to give visiting Wheaton a dramatic 2-1 double overtime victory over WPI in a NEWMAC contest Saturday evening. 

The Lyons, ranked fifth in the latest NSCAA New England regional poll, improve their record to 8-2 overall and a perfect 2-0 in conference play.  WPI falls to 5-2-1 on the season and 1-1 in NEWMAC action.  

Finkelstein did the exact same thing to help Wheaton force overtime.  His corner kick in the 82nd minute found the head of teammate of Kevin Davis (Beacon, NY) who evened the match at 1-1 when his header slipped just inside the left post.  

After the first extra session that saw WPI attempt all three of the shots, it was the visitors that took control in the second overtime and nearly won 90 seconds before Blair's heroics when he dented the post following a scramble in front.  The junior now has eight goals on the year after his game-winner at 105:12. 

WPI had grabbed the lead midway through the second half when Chris Murray (Canton, MA)  found on a Matt Farrell (Groveland, MA) long pass and the freshman deposited his third goal inside the near post from the left side at 65:50. 

The first half was a tightly contested affair with the Lyons enjoy an 8-7 bulge in shots.  Before Farrell put WPI on top, it was Wheaton that had the best chances to start the second half with Steven Pinski's (Croton-on-Hudson, NY) shot hitting the crossbar and Ben Altneu's (Orleans, MA) bid being denied by a great save by Jeff Wong (Millington, NJ). 

Matt Dickey (Newton, MA) recorded six stops en route to earning the win for the Lyons while Wong was credited with eight stops for the Engineers. 

Wheaton finished the game with the slight edge in shots (18-17) and attempted seven of the match's 11 corner kicks. 

Both teams are back in action Tuesday afternoon at 4pm with non-conference contests.  WPI hosts local rival Anna Maria while Wheaton entertains nationally-ranked Brandeis.