Braga's two goals give Lyons 2-2- tie with Tufts

SOMERVILLE, Mass. - Sophomore Kristina Braga (Lowell, Mass./Lowell) scored a pair of goals in Wheaton College's 2-2 tie with Tufts University in non-conference women's soccer action Wednesday afternoon at Kraft Field.

Ranked No. 23 in this week's D3soccer.com poll, the Lyons move to 5-1-2 with the draw while the Jumbos are now 2-0-2.

Tufts jumped out to a 1-0 lead 4:40 into the match when senior Olivia Rowse (Falmouth, Maine/Falmouth) headed in a feed from classmate Laney Siegner (Chevy Chase, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase). The goal was Rowse's first of the season.

Wheaton tied the game in the 28th minute on Braga's fifth goal of the season and fifth in four matches. She received a lead pass from junior Cassey Muse (Candia, N.H./Central) and scored past one defender.

The Jumbos outshot the Lyons 4-3 in the first half. Wheaton senior goalkeeper Lindsay Leddy (Warwick, R.I./Wheeler School) and Tufts sophomore Kristin Wright (Austin, Texas/Westwood) each recorded two saves in the opening 45 minutes.

Braga added her second tally of the match early in the second half as she beat the defense and slipped the ball past Wright at 56:13. Senior Emily Vincunas (Granville, Mass./Wilbraham & Monson Academy) picked up an assist on the goal.

Jumbos senior Lauren O'Connor (Dudley, Mass./Shepherd Hill) tied the match at two in the 74th minute as she made good on a penalty kick at 73:48. The goal was her second of the season.

Braga and O'Connor possessed the best scoring chances for their teams in overtime. Tufts finished the match with a 14-7 edge in shots. Leddy finished with five saves for the Lyons. Tufts junior Phoebe Hanley (Mamaroneck, N.Y./Mamaroneck) - who came on in relief of Wright to start the second half - played the final 65 minutes and recorded two saves.

"Our backs defended well in the one verses one confrontations," said Lyons head coach Luis Reis. "There weren't many great looks and chances at goal for either team. It was a game played between the 18's. The work ethic was there, but we need to do a better job of keeping the ball."

The Lyons return to action on Saturday when they host Clark University in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action at 2 p.m. as part of Wheaton's Homecoming festivities. The Jumbos travel to Colby for a 1 p.m. match on Saturday.

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