NORTON, MA- Freshman Cassey Muse (Candia, NH/Central) scored twice in her collegiate debut, including netting the winner 57 seconds into the contest, sending the Wheaton College women's soccer team past Roger Williams University, 4-0 on Tuesday at Mirrione Stadium in each team's season opener.
In a match-up of 2008 NCAA Tournament qualifiers, the Lyons peppered a defense that yielded only three goals during all of the previous regular season and finished last fall ranked first in Division III in shutouts and second in goals against average.
Junior Emily Hough (Norwich, VT/Hanover) added three assists for Wheaton, moving into ninth place in program history for career points with 80. Classmate Christina Bertrand (Agawam, MA/Cathedral) turned in a goal and an assist, while junior Lauren Caney (West Springfield, MA/West Springfield) also found the back of the net.
Sophomore Lindsay Leddy (Warwick, RI/Wheeler School) worked the first 80 minutes for the win before classmate Erin Cawley (West Springfield, MA/West Springfield) made two saves in her first college appearance. The hosts finished with an 18-6 advantage in shots while recording six of the game's eight corner kicks. For Roger Williams, senior Jen Garside (Londonderry, NH/Londonderry) made seven stops.
Wheaton's offense came out firing, as Bertrand found Muse for a tally at 57 seconds. Hough played a hand in each of the final three goals, dishing off to Caney at 15:55 before the Lyons scored twice in a 7:57 span of the second half. Muse tallied again in the 54th minute, while Bertrand found the back of the net in the 62nd minute.
The Blue and White is off until Saturday, when the Lyons travel to nationally-ranked Western Connecticut State University. The Colonials are ranked 25th in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) preseason poll.