Norton, Mass. – September 21, 2013 - The Springfield College men's soccer team opened up New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Saturday, falling to host Wheaton, 1-0.
Wheaton College senior forward Adam Sholi (Sandwich, Mass.) deposited the game-winning goal in the 84th minute of play.
The Lyons improve to 7-1, 1-0 NEWMAC, while the Pride had its three-game winning streak snapped to drop to 4-2, 0-1 NEWMAC.
Sholi netted his first-career game-winning tally in the 84th minute corralling a loose ball outside of the box and firing a shot into the lower left corner of the net.
Junior midfielder/forward Scott Enman (Brooklyn, N.Y.) helped generate the scoring opportunity with a blocked shot from the left corner of the box. After Enman’s scoring bid eventually ricocheted into open space, Sholi buried his third opportunity of the contest.
Both teams had plenty of chances in the game as Lyons’ freshman midfielder/back Kevin Davis (Beacon, N.Y.) and Pride senior midfielder Danny Amato (Newington, Conn.) both struck the crossbar in the first half to highlight the action. Defensively, each squad also recorded a team save. Wheaton outshot Springfield, 23-12, and won the corners match up by a 16-6 margin.
Lyons’ sophomore goalkeeper Matt Dickey (Newton, Mass.) stopped one shot to bump his record to 6-1 overall on the season. Billy Schmid (Wethersfield, Conn.) notched a game-high five saves in goal for Springfield.
Wheaton hosts Roger Williams University on Wednesday, September 25 in a non-conference match up at 4 p.m. Springfield travels to Endicott College on Monday, September 23 with first-touch scheduled for 4:30 p.m.