NORTON, MA- The Wheaton College women's soccer team recorded its third straight victory via a shutout while remaining unbeaten at home in five games thanks to Thursday's 2-0 win over non-league foe Lesley University at Mirrione Stadium during the teams' initial meeting.
Receiving national votes and tied for fourth in New England according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), the Lyons raised their record to 10-1, while Lesley slipped to 7-3-1.
Senior Lyndsey McManus (Marshfield, MA/Marshfield) continued her torrid offensive stretch in having a hand in both goals, including posting her second game-winner in as many contests. Since shifting from back to forward, McManus has played a part in eight of Wheaton's last nine goals.
The Lyons scored both of the markers in the second half and off of set plays, with McManus' game-winner coming off a penalty kick in the 48th minute. A little over 20 minutes later, McManus fed junior back Alessia Viscomi (Newton, MA/Newton North) on a restart, as the tandem combined on 14 of Wheaton's 21 shots. The Lyons took each of the game's six corner kicks.
After facing five Lynx shots and turning aside three, sophomore goalie Lindsay Leddy (Warwick, RI/Wheeler School) moved into a tie for fourth place on Wheaton's all-time shutouts list with 13 for her career. For the season, she is 9-1 with a 0.50 goals against average and three shutouts. Lesley senior Hailee Lowe (Hamilton, MA/Hamilton-Wenham Regional) finished with nine stops in the loss.
McManus took advantage of a Lynx hand ball in the box at 47:30, driving her shot past Lowe for the 1-0 edge. After nearly making it 2-0 with a hard shot off Lowe in the 59th minute, McManus went far post on a restart from just outside the box on the left side of the field, finding Viscomi for the finish at 68:44.
In the opening half, the hosts took 10 of the 11 shots, including two that smacked a post from McManus and junior Christina Bertrand (Agawam, MA/Cathedral). McManus came close to breaking the stalemate off the second-half kick, driving the ball high and deep before Lowe's outstretched reach kept it from crossing the goal line.
The Lyons return to action in two days when they host New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe United States Coast Guard Academy during Homecoming Saturday at 12:00 p.m.