NORTON, MA- Freshman Cassey Muse (Candia, NH/Central) netted her league-leading eighth game-winner, and the Wheaton College women's soccer team remained tied for first place in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) with one game to play thanks to a 2-0 victory over Smith College on Saturday in Mirrione Stadium. The Lyons posted their fourth straight shutout and their ninth in the last 10 games.
Wheaton, which is receiving national votes from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and ranked fourth in New England, improved to 15-2-1 overall and 6-1-1 in the league. Smith slipped to 3-11-1 and 2-5-1.
The Lyons close out their NEWMAC slate on Tuesday against co-leader Wellesley College, with the contest taking place in Norton at 3:00 p.m. The winner clinches the regular season crown and the top seed in the postseason tournament, as Wheaton looks for at least a share of the regular season title for the 11th straight fall.
Muse was joined in the scoring column by sophomore Kaitlyn Mawicke (Trumbull, CT/Notre Dame Catholic), while classmate Lindsay Leddy (Warwick, RI/Wheeler School) made one save in nearly 79 minutes for the victory. Sophomore Erin Cawley (West Springfield, MA/West Springfield) had one stop over the final 11:22 to preserve the shutout.
Wheaton held advantages of 21-4 in shots and 8-0 in corner kicks, as Pioneer sophomore Lindsey Gregor (Bradenton, FL/Southeast) recorded six saves.
Lyon junior Emily Hough's (Norwich, VT/Hanover) second-minute header, which sailed wide left of the net, was the best chance for either team during the first 21-plus minutes, and Smith later countered with sophomore Emma Shapiro (Newton, MA/Newton North) just missing the right post from 25 yards out in the 22nd minute.
During a half in which Wheaton held a 12-1 advantage in shots, the hosts netted the lone marker of the opening stanza, as Hough sent a cross into the box for Muse, who found the upper left-hand corner of the goal at 31:14. The tally was Muse's 15th of the fall, a total which also leads all NEWMAC players.
The Lyons had a goal disallowed in the 58th minute before doubling their advantage in the 73rd minute to create breathing room. Senior Lyndsey McManus (Marshfield, MA/Marshfield) drove a free kick from 40 yards away toward the upper portion of the goal, and Gregor tipped the ball off the crossbar before it landed right near the goal line at the feet of Mawicke, who went high for her first tally of the season.