Liffers' pair of tallies pushes Wheaton past Western Connecticut State, 3-1
NORTON, Mass. - Wheaton College women's soccer senior Colleen Liffers' (Merrimac, Mass./Pentucket Regional) first multi-goal game of her career led the Lyons to a 3-1 victory over visiting Western Connecticut State University on Saturday at Mirrione Stadium.
Overcoming a one-goal deficit for the third time in four games, Wheaton, which entered today's action receiving national votes and ranked fourth in New England by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), stayed perfect at 4-0, while the Colonials fell to 2-2. Today's two-goal win marked the first time in the last six meetings that the outcome wasn't decided by one goal or less.
Liffers' first tally tied the game at 36:16 and came off a corner kick, while her winner took place just 1:17 into the second half on a feed from senior Alessia Viscomi (Newton, Mass./Newton North). Freshman Joy-Marie Fernandes (Woburn, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon School) provided an insurance tally, the first of her young career, with 1:08 remaining. Junior goalie Lindsay Leddy (Warwick, R.I./Wheeler School) had three saves in the win.
Western sophomore Tracy Sales (Cumberland, R.I./Cumberland) opened the scoring in the 25th minute when she directed her left-footed kick into the bottom right corner of the net. Liffers' tying marker was assisted by freshman Kristina Braga (Lowell, Mass./Lowell), who from the far post directed her header back to Liffers for the finish.
Viscomi set Liffers up nicely for the winner, and Liffers pushed past a Colonial defender before sending her shot out of the reach of sophomore goalie Caitlin Avery (East Hampton, Conn./East Hampton), who had two stops. Lyon sophomore Cassey Muse (Candia, N.H./Central) nearly made it a two-goal margin when her 52nd-minute shot smacked the crossbar. Fernandes' goal completed the scoring and was off a Western giveaway, as her long shot sailed over Avery and into the back of the net.
The Lyons return to action tomorrow to face visiting Middlebury College in a rematch of last year's NCAA Tournament second-round game at 3:00 p.m. The Panthers posted a 2-1 victory in Middlebury last November.