Nationally-ranked Lyons notch initial shutout of season, blank Endicott, 2-0
BEVERLY, Mass. - The nationally-ranked Wheaton College women's soccer team notched its first shutout of the season on Wednesday at non-conference foe Endicott College, as the Lyons scored once in each half en route to a 2-0 victory at Endicott Stadium.
Ranked 21st by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and 24th in the D3soccer.com poll, Wheaton moves to 5-0-1 heading into this weekend's league opener. The Gulls fell to 2-2-1.
Freshman Kristina Braga's (Lowell, Mass./Lowell) first collegiate goal proved to be the game-winner, as her 27th-minute tally came from sophomore Cassey Muse (Candia, N.H./Central), who crossed her pass into the center of the box. Endicott had a pair of close-range shots go for naught later in the half, as junior goalie Lindsay Leddy (Warwick, R.I./Wheeler School) and the Lyon defense helped preserve the shutout entering the break.
Senior Alessia Viscomi (Newton, Mass./Newton North) doubled Wheaton's advantage with her unassisted strike off a free kick at 80:41, as her second goal of the fall was directed into the upper right corner of the net and beyond the reach of Gull freshman keeper Natalie Wyrsch (Dover, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas).
Leddy recorded her 19th career shutout in moving to 4-0-1, as she was credited with four saves, while Wyrsch finished with five stops. The Gulls held a 16-12 edge in shots, and corner kicks were even at two apiece.
The Lyons host Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Saturday's New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener at 12:00 p.m.