September 23, 2009

Wheaton handed first loss of season, Lyons blanked at Tufts, 2-0

MEDFORD, MA- The nationally-ranked Wheaton College women's soccer team was handed its first loss of the season on Wednesday afternoon, as the Lyons were held scoreless for the initial time in falling to Tufts University, 2-0 in a non-league game at Kraft Field.

Moving to 7-1 overall, Wheaton stands 13th nationally and second in New England by the most recent National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) rankings, while the Jumbos evened their season mark at 2-2.

The Lyons held a slight 4-3 edge in first-half shots, and corner kicks were even at one apiece, as the teams entered the break with nothing to show.  In the second frame, Tufts picked up its pair of goals on long shots from senior Ali Maxwell (Exeter, NH/Phillips Exeter Academy) and sophomore Alix Michael (Mercer Island, WA/Mercer Island) in the 56th and 65th minutes, respectively.

A Wheaton shot by junior Alessia Viscomi (Newton, MA/Newton North) shortly after the Michael goal was turned aside by Jumbo senior goalkeeper Kate Minnehan (Hopkinton, NH/Hopkinton), and two additional Lyon scoring chances after that went for naught as the visitors were unable to climb back into the game. 

Wheaton finished with an 11-9 advantage in shots while corner kicks were even at two.   Sophomore goalie Lindsay Leddy (Warwick, RI/Wheeler School) was credited with two stops for the Lyons, and Minnehan finished with five for the hosts.

The Blue and White returns to action on Saturday with its New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener at Mount Holyoke College at 1:00 p.m.

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