WORCESTER, Mass. - For the first time in 12 years, the Wheaton College women's soccer team bowed to Clark University, as the previously unbeaten Lyons suffered a 1-0 setback to the host Cougars in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Saturday at Granger Field.
Ranked 21st in the country and third in the region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), Wheaton had its nine-game unbeaten streak snapped and 14-game undefeated stretch against the Cougars come to an end. The Lyons are 8-1-1 overall and 1-1 in the NEWMAC, while Clark is 4-4 and 1-1.
Following a scoreless first half that saw the Blue and White control play with advantages of 7-3 in shots and 5-1 in corner kicks, Wheaton surrendered a goal for the first time in nearly 450 minutes, as Cougar junior Molly Meehan's (Scotch Plains, N.J./Scotch Plains) tally at 54:40 proved to be the difference. Clark limited the Lyons to three second-half shots.
Wheaton freshman goalkeeper Kerry Condon (Whitman, Mass./Whitman-Hanson Regional) made three saves during her first loss, while graduate student Joanna Clark (Windham, Maine/Windham) was credited with four stops for the hosts.
The Lyons remain on the road this Thursday for a non-conference evening game at Lesley University at 8:00 p.m.