NORTON, Mass. - The nationally-ranked Wheaton College women's soccer team opened its New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) slate with a 5-0 shutout over visiting Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) on Saturday at Mirrione Stadium.
Remaining undefeated at 6-0-1, the Lyons came into today's action ranked 21st in the country and third in the region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). The Engineers fell to 1-6.
Wheaton tallied four first-half goals, including senior Emily Hough's (Norwich, Vt./Hanover) winner at 19:09. Off a corner kick from freshman Joy-Marie Fernandes (Woburn, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon School), Hough took the carom off the right post, juked an Engineer defender and blasted her left-footed shot past WPI freshman goalie Maddie Willer (Penfield, N.Y./Penfield).
Hough's goal marked the first of a string of four spanning 7:58. Sophomore Cassey Muse's (Candia, N.H./Central) 20-yard strike from just outside the top of the box made the score 2-0 at 21:53 before senior Alessia Viscomi's (Newton, Mass./Newton North) header off a Fernandes corner 3:39 later pushed the advantage to three.
Freshman Rebecca Raymond (Lowell, Mass./Lowell) completed the first-half scoring with the first of her two goals at 27:07, as she caught up to a Muse cross from the right side to the far post for the finish. Just 1:53 into the second frame, Raymond struck again, this time firing a shot from the right flank into the upper left corner of the net.
Lyon junior goalie Lindsay Leddy (Warwick, R.I./Wheeler School) made two first-half stops in a game where Wheaton held a 30-6 shot advantage while taking all five corners. Willer finished with 12 saves in the loss.
Wheaton steps out of league play tomorrow for a 1:00 p.m. match at Husson University.