NEWTON, Mass. – The Mount Ida College men's soccer team earned a 5-0 win over visiting Wheelock College on Monday night at Alumni Field, and all five goals came off the foot of different players, including three players who experienced their first collegiate goal.
Sophomore Adam Beaty (Middletown, Conn.) scored for the first time from his defense position, while freshman strikers Ethan Sweet (Claremont, N.H.) and Brandon Dickens (East Hartford, Conn.) each scored for the first time just four games into their career (2-2).
Junior Juan Brenes (Santo Domingo, D.R.) got the scoring started with his team-leading third goal of the year at the 10:39 mark, finishing a hard shot past the far post.
Beaty doubled Mount Ida's advantage with a beautiful header off of a perfect ball served in by first year Damon Deocleciano (Lowell, Mass.), who picked up the assist.
Dickens and Sweet scored their first collegiate goals less than ten minutes apart in the second half, with Dickens beating Wheelock keeper Jordan Bernard (Westbrook, Conn.) far post, and then Sweet tapping in a rebound after Bernard couldn't corral a hard shot from Cody Seel (Petersburg, N.Y.).
Seel scored his first goal of the year with five minutes to play after he broke down the Wildcats defense.
Bernard was splendid in net for the Wildcats (0-4), making 19 saves, including several diving stops to prevent further damage for his team.
The Mustangs outshot their opponents 54-2 and had a 15-2 advantage in corner kicks.
In just two days' time, Alumni Field will play host to another men's soccer contest when Becker College comes to town for a 4:00 pm kick off.
Wheelock travels to Southern Vermont College on Saturday for a 3:30 pm game, their New England Collegiate College (NECC) opener.
Founded in 1899, Mount Ida College is a small, private college in Newton, Massachusetts, providing career-focused programs built upon a strong foundation in the social sciences, humanities and the arts, all developed and implemented to prepare our approximately 1,450 students for success. The College is comprised of the School of Applied Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Design and the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, awarding associate, bachelor and master's degrees. www.mountida.edu