Wheaton posts fourth straight shutout, set to host NEWMAC playoff game
NEW LONDON, Conn. - The Wheaton College women's soccer team extended its shutout streak to four games following Saturday's 3-0 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory at the United States Coast Guard Academy, as each team closed out its regular season this afternoon.
Ranked seventh in New England by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), the Lyons improved to 15-3-2 overall and 6-3 in the conference. As the fourth seed in next week's league tournament, Wheaton will host fifth seed Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. Coast Guard finishes its season at 6-10 and 1-8.
Notching their third consecutive 3-0 triumph while reaching 15 wins for the 12th straight season, the Lyons converted all of today's scoring in the opening half. Freshman Rebecca Raymond (Lowell, Mass./Lowell) collected the game-winner after sending a perfectly-placed corner kick into the back of the net 12:13 into play.
Senior Emily Hough (Norwich, Vt./Hanover) continued her late-season torrid pace with Wheaton's second tally at 22:15 from classmate Alessia Viscomi (Newton, Mass./Newton North), while sophomore Cassey Muse (Candia, N.H./Central) made the score 3-0 with her team-best 10th goal of the season 43 seconds before halftime. Classmate Samantha Cronin (Wethersfield, Conn./Wethersfield) was credited with the assist.
Lyon junior keeper Erin Cawley (West Springfield, Mass./West Springfield), who registered two saves, stretched her shutout streak to four games, not allowing a goal in over 408 minutes. Improving to 4-1-1 on the season, Cawley lowered her goals against average to 0.43.
Coast Guard junior Mary Mills (Saint Louis, Mo.) and freshman Devin Fellman (New Port Richey, Fla.) had three stops each.
Wheaton's defense held the hosts to just one shot per half. The Lyons finished with 15 shots and attempted each of the game's three corner kicks.