Vincunas' career day lifts Lyons to 6-0 shutout against Mount Holyoke
NORTON, Mass. - Junior Emily Vincunas (Granville, Mass./Wilbraham & Monson Academy) turned in a career day for the Wheaton College women's soccer team on Saturday against Mount Holyoke College, as her two goals and pair of assists led the Lyons to a 6-0 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory at Mirrione Stadium.
Receiving national votes and ranked fourth in New England by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), Wheaton improves to 10-1-1 overall and 2-1 in league play, while the visitors slip to 0-7-1 and 0-2-1.
Vincunas, who entered the game with one assist on the season, figured in Wheaton's initial three goals, tallying twice while assisting another. Freshman Kristina Braga (Lowell, Mass./Lowell) scored two goals on the afternoon, while sophomore Cassey Muse (Candia, N.H./Central) tacked on a marker and two helpers.
Freshman goalie Kerry Condon (Whitman, Mass./Whitman-Hanson Regional) recorded a pair of first-half stops in the win, as the hosts held advantages of 32-7 in shots and 6-0 in corner kicks, while junior Erin Cawley (West Springfield, Mass./West Springfield) turned aside one shot in the second frame. Mount Holyoke senior Elaine Harvey (Boston, Mass./Saint Mark's School) was credited with 12 saves in a near complete-game effort.
Vincunas' game-winner off a Muse assist came at 12:25, and the Lyons didn't get their second goal until over 22 minutes later, when Vincunas set up Muse for her team-best eighth goal of the season. That tally marked the first of a four-goal stretch during a 10:52 span. At 39:45, Vincunas finished off a rebound from Muse's initial shot for a 3-0 Wheaton edge before Braga's unassisted tally 1:15 later made it a four-goal margin.
Just 31 seconds into the second half, Vincunas fed junior Jessica Stuart (Weymouth, Mass./Weymouth) for the game's fifth goal before Braga completed the scoring in the 59th minute after driving home a rebound on a shot from freshman Joy-Marie Fernandes (Woburn, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon School).
The Lyons remain at home this Tuesday afternoon for a conference match against Wellesley College at 4:00 p.m.