October 27, 2010

Hough's pair of markers pushes Lyons past Salem State on Senior Day

NORTON, Mass. - Wheaton College women's soccer senior Emily Hough (Norwich, Vt./Hanover) scored twice on Senior Day while leading the Lyons to a 3-0 non-conference victory over visiting Salem State University on Wednesday at Mirrione Stadium.

Wheaton, which is ranked seventh in New England by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), collected its third straight shutout while completing its regular home slate at 8-0-2 and upping its overall record to 14-3-2.  The Vikings fell to 5-10-1.

With Hough's four points, she moved into sole possession of fifth place on the program's all-time points list with 119, which is eight points shy of Salem State third-year assistant coach Christy McHugh '04.  Hough tallied her unassisted game-winning goal in the 38th minute, marking her second winner of the season and 14th of her career.

Also getting into the act was senior Colleen Liffers (Merrimac, Mass./Pentucket Regional), who redirected an initial header by classmate Alessia Viscomi (Newton, Mass./Newton North) on a corner kick from freshman Nicole Sherman (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) 4:02 into the second half.

Hough's second goal came with 23 seconds remaining, as she received a centering pass from freshman Christina Angione (Manhattan, N.Y./Beacon School), who carried down the left side and beat a defender before finding Hough.

Wheaton junior goalkeeper Erin Cawley (West Springfield, Mass./West Springfield) extended her shutout streak to three games after seeing limited action and turning away one shot, while Viking freshman Lauren Garchinsky (Saugus, Mass./Saugus) had seven saves.

The Lyons maintained possession for the bulk of the game, outshooting Salem State by a 21-3 margin while taking all 12 corner kicks.

Wheaton wraps up the regular season on Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. road game at New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe United States Coast Guard Academy.  With a win, the Lyons are assured of a home playoff game and depending on results from around the league could finish as high as third.

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