NORTON, MA- Freshman Cassey Muse (Candia, NH/Central) scored twice, breaking a scoreless deadlock just before halftime to send the Wheaton College women's soccer team on its way to a 5-0 victory over the United States Coast Guard Academy during New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Homecoming Saturday in a rain-soaked Mirrione Stadium.
The Lyons, who are receiving national votes from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and are fourth in the region, blanked their fourth consecutive opponent while improving to 11-1 overall and 2-0 in the league. The Bears fell to 2-7 and 0-2.
In addition to Muse's offensive effort, junior Christina Bertrand (Agawam, MA/Cathedral) scored while picking up an assist, and senior Rosie Levy (Torrance, CA/Chadwick School) and freshman Keely Angelo (Atlanta, GA/Paideia School) each found the back of the net. The marker was Angelo's first as a collegian. Sophomore Emily Vincunas (Granville, MA/Wilbraham & Monson Academy) tallied a pair of assists.
Sophomores Erin Cawley (West Springfield, MA/West Springfield) and Lindsay Leddy (Warwick, RI/Wheeler School) combined on the shutout, with Leddy earning the win, as Wheaton held advantages of 45-1 in shots and 10-1 in corner kicks. Sophomore keeper Mary Mills (Saint Louis, MO) was tremendous in net for Coast Guard while making 10 stops.
During the opening half, Mills kept the game scoreless by tipping away a soft point-blank shot from Bertrand in the 12th minute before the Lyons hit the crossbar twice in a five-and-a-half-minute stretch. In the 43rd minute, junior back Alessia Viscomi (Newton, MA/Newton North) sent a long free kick to Muse, who tapped a shot in at 42:04 to break the stalemate. Less than 30 seconds later, Muse nearly made it 2-0, but Mills went high for a save, swatting the shot off the goal line with one hand while falling backwards in mid-air.
Muse padded Wheaton's advantage in the 52nd minute, running on to a long Vincunas cross and finishing at 51:50. Vincunas was stopped on the doorstep by Mills a little more than nine minutes later, but Bertrand gathered the rebound and sent the ball over a defender into the otherwise empty net at 61:12. Levy tallied off a Bertrand feed just 1:53 later.
In the 74th minute, freshman Samantha Cronin (Wethersfield, CT/Wethersfield) crossed a corner kick that eluded the Coast Guard defense and Mills, and Angelo was on the back end to knock the ball home at 73:11.
Wheaton hits the road for its next two games, beginning with a NEWMAC contest on Tuesday at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) at 7:00 p.m.