NORTON, MA- All of the offense occurred in the opening 28 minutes, as three players scored to send the Wheaton College women's soccer team past Worcester State College, 3-1 on Saturday in Mirrione Stadium. The Lyons, who are receiving votes in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) national poll and stand fourth in New England, improved to 4-0. The Lancers, who had yielded six goals in their previous nine games, are 2-2.
Freshman Brittany Odgers (Roseland, NJ/West Essex) provided her first collegiate points for the Lyons, recording a goal and an assist, while classmate Cassey Muse (Candia, NH/Central) scored her fifth marker of the fall, including her third game-winner. Muse has now scored in each contest. Junior Amanda Resendes (Swansea, MA/Joseph Case) netted the opening tally, while sophomore Lindsay Leddy (Warwick, RI/Wheeler School) had one save.
For the visitors, sophomore Danielle Clifford (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro) scored her fourth goal of the campaign, and junior keeper Rachael Armenti (West Boylston, MA/Holy Name Central Catholic) made eight stops.
The Lyons, who held a 20-5 advantage in shots, got on the board after just 7:35 thanks to Resendes, who deked a defender near the right end line by switching the ball to her left foot and bending a shot into the upper left-hand corner of the frame.
At 18:22, Muse took an Odgers touch and lofted a shot from 15 yards over Armenti. However, the Lancers later cut their deficit in half when Clifford streaked toward the left side of the box, took a pass from freshman Brianne Beckman (Lakeville, MA/Apponoquet Regional) and chipped the ball over Leddy from 10 yards out at 26:13.
Just 1:29 later, Wheaton completed the scoring. After taking a through ball from junior Christina Bertrand (Agawam, MA/Cathedral), classmate Emily Hough (Norwich, VT/Hanover) sent a cross that beat the keeper, and Odgers tapped the ball into an open net.
Wheaton heads up to Saint Joseph's College of Maine tomorrow for another non-conference contest at 2:30 p.m.