Hough's five-point day leads Wheaton to 3-0 victory over Smith
NORTON, Mass. - Wheaton College women's soccer senior Emily Hough (Norwich, Vt./Hanover) had a hand in all three of her team's goals, while classmate Colleen Liffers (Merrimac, Mass./Pentucket Regional) notched her second straight game-winner during Saturday's 3-0 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) win over Smith College at Mirrione Stadium.
Ranked seventh in New England by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), the Lyons improved their home record to 7-0-2 while upping their overall mark to 13-3-2. They are also 5-3 in league play. Smith fell to 3-10-1 and 1-6-1.
Hough assisted Liffers at 26:54 and then scored twice during a 2:11 stretch of the second half, as the senior moved into seventh place on the school's all-time goals list with 38. Her 39 career assists are two shy of third place, while her 115 points stand three short of fifth.
Hough's second-half markers were assisted by freshmen Christina Angione (Manhattan, N.Y./Beacon School) and Rebecca Raymond (Lowell, Mass./Lowell), with the first coming at 52:41 on a free kick taken by Raymond. The game's final goal transpired at 54:52, as Hough and Angione worked together with multiple passes before Hough finished things off with a header into the back of the net.
Wheaton junior goalie Erin Cawley (West Springfield, Mass./West Springfield) picked up her second consecutive shutout in improving to 2-1-1, as the Lyons held a commanding 21-4 advantage in shots and a 4-0 edge in corner kicks.
Smith, which didn't get its first shot off until right before Hough's second tally, prevented the hosts from picking up their fourth goal with a team save. In goal, junior Yen Hee Chang (Seoul, South Korea/Wilbraham & Monson Academy) was credited with five stops.
Wheaton concludes its regular season home slate on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. against non-league foe Salem State University.