Lyons, Lancers settle for 2-2 tie

NORTON, Mass. – Sophomore Joy-Marie Fernandes (Woburn, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon School) and junior Cassey Muse (Candia, N.H./Central) each tallied second-half goals in Wheaton College's 2-2 tie with Worcester State College in non-conference women's soccer action Saturday afternoon at Mirrione Stadium.

Following a scoreless first half, the Lyons struck twice in the opening 2:06 of the second half to grab a 2-0 lead. Fernandez buried a shot from 25 yards out to put Wheaton in front 1-0 at 45:47, then Muse knocked in a rebound off a shot from sophomore Kristina Braga (Lowell, Mass./Lowell) at 47:06 to push the lead to 2-0.

The Lancers finally broke through at 83:44 when freshman Alyssa Sawyer (West Springfield, Mass./West Springfield) netted her first collegiate goal. Junior Brianne Beckman (Lakeville, Mass./Apponoquet) drilled a shot past Lyons senior goalkeeper Erin Cawley (West Springfield, Mass./West Springfield) and off the crossbar, and Sawyer chipped in the rebound. Less than 60 seconds later, Beckman scored on a cross from junior Nicole Wynne (Hanson, Mass./Whitman-Hanson) to even the score.

Each team was credited with six shots in overtime, but neither team was able to break the tie. The best scoring chance for either team in the extra sessions came shortly after the opening draw in the first overtime when Braga got off a shot that struck the left post. Overall, Wheaton held a 19-14 edge in shots on the afternoon.

"We couldn't generate any offense in the first half," said Lyons head coach Luis Reis. "Worcester State really took it to us and played differently than they have in the past. They kept the ball on the ground and moved it well. Conversely, when we possessed the ball, they didn't give us any time and space. They were able to close us down, and we gave the ball away too much. We made some adjustments at halftime both mentally and tactically, and we came out on fire and took them out of the game. Unfortunately, two costly mistakes in the back with under seven minutes to go….it's tough to accept giving up two goals that late when you have the lead on your home field. You have to give Worcester State credit. They played with confidence and wanted to win. In the end, maybe the result is fair."

Cawley finished with two saves while Lancers senior goalkeeper Angiezaka Sychtysz (Warren, Mass./Quaboag) registered four saves.

The Lyons return to action on Saturday, Sept. 10 when they travel to Suffolk for an 11 a.m. match. The Lancers head to WPI on Tuesday, Sept. 6 for a 7 p.m. match.

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