September 1, 2011

Fernandes' two goals propel Lyons past Roger Williams, 3-2

NORTON, Mass. - Sophomore Joy-Marie Fernandes (Woburn, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon School) scored two goals and junior Cassey Muse (Candia, N.H./Central) potted the game-winner early in the second half to lead the Wheaton College women's soccer team to a 3-2 win over Roger Williams University in non-conference women's soccer action Thursday afternoon at Mirrione Stadium.

Sophomore Kristina Braga (Lowell, Mass./Lowell) and freshman Gabriella Verde (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) each picked up an assists as the Lyons (1-0-0) improved to 4-1-0 all-time against the Hawks (0-1-0). Junior Maddie Howard (Medfield, Mass./Medfield) and sophomore Hannah Noel (Adams, Mass./Hoosac Valley) scored for Roger Williams.

Fernandes opened the scoring at 6:33 when she converted a penalty kick, firing a shot past RWU sophomore goalkeeper Stephanie Jaques (Burlington, Vt./Burlington). She picked up her second goal just over 10 minutes later when she took a pass from Verde and knocked in fourth-career goal at 19:14. Fernandes scored two goals as a freshman last year.

In the second half, Braga lofted a pass to Muse, who raced past a Hawks defender and broke in alone on Jaques, who came out to challenge the play. Muse won the race and poked the ball past the keeper at 58:50. The Hawks responded later in the half by scoring twice in a span of 2:45 to cut the Wheaton lead to one. Howard made good on a penalty kick at 73:36 before Noel chipped in a rebound off a shot by senior Megan Hoover (Northwood, N.H./Coe-Brown Northwood) to account for the Roger Williams scoring.

"There were a lot of mistakes, which was expected in the first game of the season," said Lyons head coach Luis Reis. "We made this game interesting in the last 15 minutes, but you have to give Roger Williams credit. They played with confidence in the second half and kept us on our toes. I don't like giving up two goals on our field, but we got the result we wanted, which is the most important thing."

After outshooting the Hawks 13-2 in the first half, the Lyons held a 7-4 edge in shots in the second frame to bring the final shots total to 20-6. Senior Lindsay Leddy (Warwick, R.I./Wheeler School) started in goal for the Lyons and made two saves before being replaced by classmate Erin Cawley (West Springfield, Mass./West Springfield) with under 20 minutes to go in the match. She recorded one save. Jaques, meanwhile, stopped five Lyons scoring attempts.

The Lyons return to action on Saturday when they welcome Worcester State to town for a 2 p.m. contest. The Hawks travel to Babson Park, MA to open play in the Babson Invitational against Wellesley on Saturday at 11 a.m.

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