Norton, Mass. - The Trinity College men's soccer team fell to Wheaton College, 4-3, on Tuesday afternoon at Keefe Field on Wheaton's campus in Norton. The loss drops the Bantams to 1-7-1 overall while the Lyons improve to 4-5-2. Trinity returns to action on Saturday for a home New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) battle against the Bowdoin College Polar Bears.
Senior tri-captain Cody Savonen (Orleans, Mass.) led the way for Trinity offensively, knocking home two of the Bantams' three goals. Trinity won the shot battle, 23-17, and earned eight corner kicks to just two from Wheaton, but the Lyons capitalized on a pair of scoring chances each half to come away with the win. Trinity senior tri-captain goaltender Mateo Zabala (Medellin, Colombia) made seven saves on the day while his counterpart, Wheaton senior Erik Wisniewski (Salisbury, Mass.), turned aside four Bantam shots.
The Lyons struck first just nine minutes into the first half when sophomore J.D. Souza (Wiscasset, Maine) volleyed a header into the bottom right part of the net off a throw in from Sean Hurlburt (Kingston, Mass.). The Bantams responded in the 13th minute on Savonen's first goal of the day to tie the game at 1-1. Senior Alex Bednarek (Berlin, Conn.) served on a free kick that he sent into the box, connecting with Savonen's head who re-directed the ball past Wisniewski to even the score. The third and final score of the first half came courtesy of Chris Brubaker (Honolulu, Hawaii) who punched in his third goal of the season to give the Lyons a 2-1 lead at the break.
Trinity evened the score 12 minutes into the second half when sophomore Henry Farr (Philadelphia, Pa.) found senior Scott Brazina (Concord, Mass.) who took care of business, sending the ball past Wisniewski to tie things at 2-2. Off the ensuing faceoff, Wheaton put together an attack that ended with a goal by Amara Sesay (Bronx, N.Y.) off an assist from Souza. Wheaton opened up a 4-2 advantage late when Jonny O'Meara (Littleton, Mass.) and Curran Wait (Scituate, Mass.) linked up for a score to take a two goal lead with less than 13 minutes to play. Savonen found the back of the net for the second time in the 89th minute, but it was not enough to spark a last-minute comeback as Wheaton prevailed, 4-3.