NORTON, MA- Senior Kathleen Carroll (New Paltz, NY/New Paltz Central) scored the winner 7:13 into play, freshman Cassey Muse (Candia, NH/Central) extended her goal streak to six contests, and the nationally-ranked Wheaton College women's soccer team downed visiting Western New England College, 3-0 on Wednesday in Mirrione Stadium.
The Lyons, now 6-0 on the season, entered the contest ranked 24th in the nation and fourth in New England according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). The Golden Bears slipped to 1-4.
Carroll, who missed all but the first four contests last fall, scored for the first time since her sophomore year while tallying her first game-winner since 2006. Muse turned in a goal and assisted the winner, as she has now found the back of the net in each of her first six career games. The six-game scoring streak is the longest by a Wheaton freshman since Alison Bimba '03 turned in streaks of seven and six games during the fall of 1999.
Wheaton outshot the visitors, 29-2, as sophomore Lindsay Leddy (Warwick, RI/Wheeler School) turned in the shutout without needing to make a save. The Lyons also recorded all four of the game's corner kicks, each of which occurred in the second half. For the Golden Bears, senior Jessica Covino (Bristol, CT/Bristol Central) made nine stops.
Senior Lyndsey McManus (Marshfield, MA/Marshfield) started each scoring play for Wheaton, beginning with an eighth-minute free kick that Muse flicked off her head toward Carroll, who picked up the ball near the right side of the box and found the left netting.
At 12:10, a McManus free kick was headed into the Western New England net by a visiting player. Just before halftime, McManus sent a pass toward the box and, after a handful of players on each team attempted to gain possession, Muse just beat the keeper to the ball near the goal line. With the tally at 41:46, Wheaton closed the scoring for the day.
The hosts nearly made it 4-0 early in the second stanza, but a McManus header was cleared off the right side of the goal line by Western New England sophomore back Samantha Lewis (Mystic, CT/Fitch) in the 50th minute.
The Lyons begin a three-game road swing Saturday with the first of two straight contests at a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) foe, as they travel to Bowdoin College for a 2:00 p.m. start. It will be Wheaton's second trip to Maine in as many weekends.