Women's Soccer Defeated by Regionally Ranked Wheaton

Liz Schreiber

Wheaton 5, WPI  0

Box Score           

Worcester, MA --- Five different Wheaton players notched goals to help the regionally ranked Lyons defeat host WPI 5-0 in a NEWMAC women's soccer contest on Tuesday evening.  With the win, Wheaton improves to 12-1 on the season and 3-0 in conference action while the Engineers dip to 4-8 overall and 0-3 in NEWMAC play.

After nearly 43 minutes of scoreless action, the Lyons dented the scoring column with just 2:02 remaining in the first half when Alessia Viscomi (Newton, MA) successfully converted a penalty kick for her second goal of year.

Wheaton, who is fourth in the latest NSCAA New England ranking and is receiving votes in the national poll, quickly doubled its lead in the 48th minute when Christina Bertrand (Agawam, MA) picked up a ball that deflected off a WPI player and smacked a shot that ricocheted off the post and into the net.

The Lyons then increased its advantage to 4-0 on a pair of goals just over three minutes apart midway through the second stanza.  Lyndsey McManus (Marshfield, MA) blistered a shot from 25 yards out in the 61st minute for her fifth marker of the season before setting up freshman Samantha Cronin (Wethersfield, CT) for her first career tally.  The visitors closed out the scoring in the 79th minute when Cassey Muse (Candia, NH) registered an unassisted goal for her NEWMAC-leading 12th goal this fall.

Liz Schreiber (Ashfield, MA), Hailey Taylor (Colusa, CA) and Victoria Howland (Red Hook, NY) all recorded shots for WPI, who was outshot 17-3 on the evening.  Wheaton attempted six of the game's nine corner kicks.

Goalkeepers Lindsay Leddy (Warwick, RI) and Erin Cawley (West Springfield, MA) each registered a save for the Lyons, who posted their fifth straight shutout.  Leddy worked the first 77:16 while Cawley played the final 12:44.  Ally Stoyle (Pembroke, MA) and Rebecca Newman (Howell, NJ) combined for three saves for the hosts.

Both teams are back in action on Saturday.  WPI will host Mount Holyoke at noon while Wheaton will venture to Western Mass to take on defending NEWMAC champion Springfield at 2:30pm.