NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College women's soccer team's 57th-minute goal drew the Lyons even with Bowdoin College during a 1-1 double-overtime tie in Tuesday afternoon's non-conference action at Mirrione Stadium.
Ranked fifth in New England by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), Wheaton moves to 11-2-2. Bowdoin is now 5-3-2.
Polar Bear junior Ellery Gould (East Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich) broke the stalemate midway through the opening half, taking advantage of a defensive breakdown. Senior Christina Aceto's (South Portland, Maine/South Portland) serve deep into the box found two Lyons, but after a failed clear Gould gained possession and blasted her shot into the back of the net.
Wheaton's second-half tally from freshman Joy-Marie Fernandes (Woburn, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon School) 11:50 into the frame came on a long shot from nearly the same area of the field Aceto's pass to Gould took place. Fernandes' second goal of the fall traveled through the box and into the left side netting for the game's final tally.
Both teams had multiple opportunities for the winner, but Lyon junior goalie Erin Cawley (West Springfield, Mass./West Springfield) and Bowdoin senior keeper Kat Flaherty (Fairfield, Conn./Lauralton Hall) came away with big saves to preserve the tie. Cawley finished with seven stops, including turning aside an 84th-minute header off a corner kick. Flaherty was credited with 10 saves, with five coming in the second stanza alone.
After a slow offensive opening half that saw Bowdoin hold a slight 5-4 edge in shots, Wheaton doubled up the Polar Bears by a 10-5 count in the second stanza. The hosts continued their offensive push in the overtimes by taking seven of the extra session's eight shots. Bowdoin held an 8-6 advantage on corner kicks.
The Lyons resume New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday when they travel to Springfield College for a 1:00 p.m. start.