STANDISH, ME- Wheaton College women's soccer freshman forward Cassey Muse (Candia, NH/Central) struck for her third straight game-winning goal and fourth of the young season during Sunday afternoon's 3-1 victory over non-league foe Saint Joseph's College of Maine at Westerlea Way Field.
Handing the Monks their first loss, the Lyons, who are receiving votes in the national poll and are ranked fourth in New England by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), remained perfect through five games. Saint Joseph's fell to 1-1-1.
Muse has recorded at least one goal in each of Wheaton's five victories. In addition to tallying once today, she also assisted the Blue and White's final goal. Senior Rosie Levy (Torrance, CA/Chadwick School) and junior Emily Hough (Norwich, VT/Hanover) also scored for the Lyons, who held advantages of 23-5 in shots and 7-3 in corner kicks.
Hough added an assist to match Muse's three-point total, while senior Lyndsey McManus (Marshfield, MA/Marshfield) and sophomore Jessica Gray (Carver, MA/Sacred Heart) were each credited with assists. Sophomore keeper Lindsay Leddy (Warwick, RI/Wheeler School) had one save in the victory.
Monk freshman Katherine Chambers (Hampden, ME/Hampden Academy) posted the hosts' lone goal, while senior goalie Katye Mayo (Fairfield, ME/Lawrence) had 13 stops.
Following over 33 minutes of scoreless play, Wheaton broke the stalemate on a goal that began with a free kick from McManus. Receiving the McManus serve, Hough headed the ball across the box for an eventual Levy header at 33:10 and a Lyon lead that wasn't relinquished.
Muse's unassisted game-winner made it 2-0 at 40:13, as she stole the ball from the defense to create a breakaway opportunity and pushed her shot past the Monk keeper. After a Saint Joseph's goal at 56:04, Wheaton extended its lead back to two goals when a Gray through ball to Muse was pushed across the six for a Hough finish.
The Lyons return home on Wednesday to face non-league foe Western New England College at 4:30 p.m.