NORTON, MA- The Wheaton College women's soccer team remained just shy of first-place Clark University in the league standings on Saturday afternoon, as the Lyons and Cougars played to a scoreless double-overtime draw during New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action at Mirrione Stadium.
Moving into a three-way tie for second place, Wheaton stands at 4-1-1 in league play and 13-2-1 overall. The Lyons are ranked fifth in the region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Tied for 10th in New England and having not been scored upon during conference play, Clark remains atop the NEWMAC at 4-0-2 and 8-4-2 overall.
Wheaton held a 23-9 advantage in shots, as the Cougars leaned on senior goalie Joanna Clark (Windham, ME/Windham), who came up with a clutch save in the second overtime to help preserve the shutout. Clark finished with six stops, while Lyon sophomore keeper Lindsay Leddy (Warwick, RI/Wheeler School) made a huge save in the opening half.
Clark's second-overtime stop took place in the 106th minute, as she slid in front of a shot on the doorstep from Lyon sophomore Emily Vincunas (Granville, MA/Wilbraham & Monson Academy). Not even two minutes into the second extra session, Wheaton senior Lyndsey McManus (Marshfield, MA/Marshfield) ripped a shot from the top of the box that sailed just past the upper right corner of the goal mouth.
In the first overtime, freshman Cassey Muse (Candia, NH/Central) had a one-on-one opportunity with Clark before pushing her shot wide right 30 seconds in, while McManus struck a shot at Clark just two minutes later.
The hosts held a 9-3 edge in shots in the second half but were unable to break the stalemate, as a McManus cross along the end line with a little more than four minutes to play carried across the box, and Wheaton wasn't able to get off an attempt. Two minutes prior to that, Cougar senior Kerri Moy (Newton, MA/Newton North) hit her shot wide left of the target.
In the opening half, Leddy's diving save on a shot from point-blank range off the foot of sophomore Erin Peete (Clinton, MA/Clinton) during the 14th minute denied the visitors their best scoring opportunity, which came on Clark's lone corner kick of the day. In the 32nd minute, Muse's apparent goal was disallowed due to an offsides call.
Wheaton takes to the road on Tuesday for a conference match at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) at 4:00 p.m.