McManus nets winner, Cawley posts Wheaton's 15th shutout of season
SALEM, MA- The nationally-ranked Wheaton College women's soccer team posted its 15th shutout of the season on Thursday evening, completing its regular season slate with a 1-0 victory at Salem State College on Alumni Field. Now 16-2-2, the Lyons extended their shutout streak to six games, their longest since 2005. The Vikings slipped to 8-8.
Wheaton, which is ranked 25th nationally by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and sits fourth in the New England rankings, handed Salem State its fourth straight loss, as each of the last three have come via shutout. The Lyons have kept opponents off the scoreboard for the past 627:27 and yielded only two goals in the last 12 games.
Senior Lyndsey McManus (Marshfield, MA/Marshfield) tallied off classmate Kathleen Carroll's (New Paltz, NY/New Paltz Central) 64th-minute assist, while sophomore Erin Cawley (West Springfield, MA/West Springfield) made three saves in earning her first collegiate shutout, recording her final stop with 2:26 remaining to preserve the lead.
McManus netted her seventh marker of the fall after receiving a through ball from Carroll and heading in on a breakaway, touching a shot into the corner past sophomore keeper Leah Potcner (Wilmington, MA/Wilmington), who made two saves. The Lyons finished with advantages of 8-6 in shots and 6-2 in corner kicks.
Wheaton returns to action on Saturday, as the second seed in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament hosts number-seven Babson College in a first-round contest at 1:00 p.m. The Beavers are ranked sixth in New England.