DANBURY, CT- Junior Emily Hough (Norwich, VT/Hanover) played a hand in both goals, including netting the 48th-minute game-winner, and the Wheaton College women's soccer team held on to knock off nationally-ranked Western Connecticut State University, 2-1 on Saturday at the Westside Athletic Complex. The Colonials are ranked 25th in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) preseason poll.
In the Lyons' second straight match-up against a fellow 2008 NCAA Tournament qualifier, the Blue and White moved to 2-0 while handing the Colonials a setback in their season opener. Wheaton is now 9-2-1 all time against Western Connecticut State, as nine meetings, including each of the past five, have been decided by one goal or less.
With her goal and assist, Hough moved into eighth in program history with 83 career points. Freshman Cassey Muse (Candia, NH/Central) netted Wheaton's other marker, depositing her third in two contests. Sophomore Lindsay Leddy (Warwick, RI/Wheeler School) recorded three stops for the victory.
Senior Angela Wozniak (Ludlow, MA/Ludlow) scored for the Colonials, while a pair of keepers combined on four saves during split action.
Muse put the Lyons in front 19:23 into the contest, turning unmarked in the middle of the field and firing after taking a Hough pass. Just after halftime, Hough made it 2-0, as she received a feed from senior Kathleen Carroll (New Paltz, NY/New Paltz Central) and tallied at 47:42.
Fewer than nine minutes later, Wozniak cut into the Wheaton advantage, producing the final score at 56:39. However, quality chances were slim in the second half, as the teams combined to send just six shots on net. The visitors ended up outshooting Western Connecticut State, 9-7, while the hosts had a 4-1 edge in corner kicks, taking all four in the opening stanza.
Wheaton remains on the road to face 2008 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Tournament finalist Emmanuel College on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.