NORTON, Mass. – Senior Brett Echenigue (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) scored the only goal of the match in Williams College's 1-0 win over Wheaton College in non-conference women's soccer action Sunday afternoon at Mirrione Stadium.
Junior Caitlyn Clark (Middletown, Mass.) was credited with the lone assist on the goal for the Ephs, who improved to 2-0-0 on the season and also evened their all-time mark against Wheaton at 2-2-0. The Lyons suffered their first defeat of the season, falling to 2-1-1.
The Lyons outshot the Ephs 5-4 in the opening half, but neither team was able to find the back of the net as both Wheaton senior goalie Lindsay Leddy (Warwick, R.I./Wheeler School) and freshman Hannah Van Wetter (Lakewood, Colo.) recorded three saves.
Less than five minutes into the second half, Williams struck for the only marker of the game. Clark played the ball into the box from the right side of the field, and Echenigue knocked it past Leddy at 49:56.
The Ephs held a 9-3 edge in shots in the second half, giving them a total of 13 for the match, compared to eight for Wheaton. Williams also took three corner kicks in the second half while the Lyons did not receive any during the match.
"Williams is one of the top teams in the country," said Lyons head coach Luis Reis. "We wanted to battle and compete and stay in the game with them. I thought we did a terrific job defending them in the first half. They scored on one breakdown in the second half, but we battled. I'm proud of my players. We had a couple of chances and looks, but it wasn't enough today. We will build on this."
Van Wetter finished with five saves while Leddy was credited with four. Five different Lyons recorded one shot on goal.
The Lyons return to action on Wednesday when they host Endicott at 4 p.m. The Ephs host Messiah on Saturday at 11 a.m.