BRUNSWICK, ME- Wheaton College sophomore Jessica Stuart's (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth) goal with 8:24 remaining pushed the 24th-ranked Lyons to a 1-0 victory over Bowdoin College in non-conference women's soccer action on Saturday at Pickard Field.
Wheaton, which entered today ranked 24th nationally and fourth regionally in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) polls, stayed unbeaten at 7-0, while the Polar Bears slipped below .500 to 1-2.
Stuart's goal went down as unassisted, while sophomore keeper Lindsay Leddy (Warwick, RI/Wheeler School) matched her season save total coming into today with six stops. She now has two shutouts on the season, as the Lyons edged the hosts in shots and corner kicks at 15-11 and 5-2, respectively.
A slow start for Wheaton was combated by early offensive pressure from Bowdoin, which took seven of the game's first nine shots en route to a 9-6 advantage at intermission. The Lyons bounced back in the second half, firing off nine of the stanza's 11 shots.
Wheaton had a golden opportunity to break the stalemate with 10 minutes to go when freshman Cassey Muse's (Candia, NH/Central) shot was stopped by junior goalie Kat Flaherty (Fairfield, CT/Lauralton Hall), whose deflection went back to Lyon sophomore Emily Vincunas (Granville, MA/Wilbraham & Monson Academy). Vincunas lined up her shot only to be blocked by a Bowdoin player.
Just two minutes later, a flurry of action in the Bowdoin third resulted in a loose ball that Stuart managed to get to first. Stuart's ensuing shot was lofted just over the reach of Flaherty and under the crossbar to give the Lyons the lead. With 2:30 to play, Leddy made a diving stop off a Polar Bear header to clinch the victory. Flaherty was credited with 12 saves in the loss.
Wheaton stays on the road Wednesday to face its second straight New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) foe in Tufts University at 4:30 p.m.