NORTON, Mass. – Sophomore Kristina Braga (Lowell, Mass./Lowell) scored a pair of second-half goals to propel the Wheaton College women's soccer team to a 3-0 win over Husson University in non-conference action Sunday afternoon at Mirrione Stadium.
Junior Cassey Muse (Candia, N.H./Central) added a goal and an assist for the Lyons (5-1-1), who have won three-straight matches and four of their last five. The loss was the sixth-straight for the Eagles, who fell to 1-6-0.
Following a scoreless first half in which the Lyons outshot the Eagles 13-0, Muse potted her fourth of the season early in the second half to break the tie. Braga lofted a pass into the box and in the direction of a cutting Muse, who buried the shot at the right post at 51:23.
Exactly four minutes later, Muse played the ball from the right side of the field into the box for Braga, who collected her third goal of 2011 at 55:23. Braga's second goal of the afternoon at 68:53 came on a shot from 20 yards out that went over the goalkeeper's head and under the bar.
"We played a very disappointing first half, but we made a tactical adjustment and a formation change at halftime. From there, the players decided to turn the game around," said Lyons head coach Luis Reis. "I thought we played very well in the second half. Our ball movement and decision-making on the ball was very good. We were more aggressive in the second half and put forth more urgency than early in the match. We were rewarded for it with three goals, so I'm pleased with our second-half performance. We got a regional win and a shutout, so now we move on to our next opponent."
Senior Erin Cawley (West Springfield, Mass./West Springfield) got the start in goal for Wheaton and recorded her first win of the season. She did not record any saves as the Lyons outshot the Eagles 27-1 on the afternoon. Freshman Sarah LaPlante (Wallingford, Conn./Mark T. Sheehan) recorded six saves for Husson.
The Lyons return to action on Wednesday when they play at Tufts at 4:30 p.m. The Eagles travel to Colby for a 4 p.m. match on Wednesday.