NORTH STONINGTON — Matt Pierce had two goals and one assist and the Wheeler High boys soccer team defeated Putnam, 3-1, in an ECC Division IV game Wednesday.

The Lions (7-6, 5-1 Division IV) have won three of their last four games.

Drew Deary added a goal, and Grant Colsen and Jonny Anderson each contributed an assist.

The Lions led 2-0 at the half. They finished with advantages in shots, 11-2, and corner kicks, 1-0, against the Clippers (2-9-1, 2-4-1).

"The big key was it was Senior Day," coach Joe Mendonca said. "The second thing is we qualified for the [Class S] state tournament.

"Overall, the kids played well. The kids played hard. The big thing is we needed to win today to advance to states. This is three in a row for our seniors making states."

Wheeler next plays at St. Bernard on Friday at 3:45 p.m.

— Ken Sorensen

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