SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The Wheaton College women's soccer team was handed its third league loss for the first time since 1995 on Saturday, as the Lyons dropped a 2-1 decision at Springfield College during New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action between regionally-ranked teams at Brock-Affleck Field.
Wheaton, which came into day ranked fifth in New England by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), fell to 11-3-2 overall and 3-3 in league play. Ranked sixth in the region, Springfield won for the eighth time in its last nine games to improve to 10-4 and 5-1.
After surrendering a pair of first-half own goals, the Lyons began to chip away at their deficit in the second stanza. Taking five of the frame's seven shots, Wheaton finally broke through in the 81st minute, when seniors Colleen Liffers (Merrimac, Mass./Pentucket Regional) and Alessia Viscomi (Newton, Mass./Newton North) connected on a corner kick, with Viscomi heading home Liffers' offering.
The Lyons thought they had knotted things up off another corner with a minute-plus remaining, but their potential game-tying goal was negated on a called foul deep in the box. A total of 16 corners were attempted on the afternoon, with each squad taking eight, while the Pride held a 10-5 edge in shots.
Junior goalie Erin Cawley (West Springfield, Mass./West Springfield) recorded a pair of saves in suffering her first career loss. Springfield sophomore Erin Greenstein (Framingham, Mass./Framingham) finished with three stops.
Next up for the Lyons is Tuesday's conference game at Babson College at 4:00 p.m.