NORTON, Mass. - Junior midfielder Samantha Cronin (Wethersfield, Conn./Wethersfield) assisted on a pair of goals to lead the No. 23 Wheaton College women's soccer team to a 3-0 victory over Clark University Saturday afternoon in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest at Mirrione Stadium. The contest was part of the college's homecoming festivities.
With the win, the Lyons ran their win streak to five matches and improved to 6-1-2 overall and 2-0-0 in the NEWMAC. The loss drops the Cougars to 2-5-1 overall and 0-2-0 in the conference circuit.
Wheaton cracked the scoring column in the 12th minute, when Cronin sent a cross from the left flag into the box and found sophomore back Rachelle Rodman (Fair Oaks, Calif./Bella Vista) streaking towards the net. Rodman deflected the pass into the empty net for her first marker of the season and gave the hosts the early 1-0 advantage.
The Lyons increased their lead 27 minutes later, when Cronin generated a scoring opportunity off a free kick deep along the left flank. The junior midfielder sent a cross into the middle of the 18-yard box and onto the foot of senior midfielder Kaitlyn Mawicke (Trumbull, Conn./Notre Dame Catholic). Mawicke was able to create space and fire a quick, low shot that produced a rebound. Sophomore striker Anya Sokolova (Andover, Mass./Austin Prep) pounced on the loose ball and tucked it into the vacant net to send Wheaton into the intermission with a 2-0 advantage.
The hosts continued to apply the offensive pressure in the second stanza. The Lyons' relentless attack was finally rewarded in the 71st minute off a set piece. Cronin once again served as the offensive catalyst as she looped in a high crossing pass into the 18-yard box from the left flank. The cross carried over the Cougars defensive set. Freshman forward Lauren Corigliano (Roselle Park, N.J./Roselle Park) gathered the cross and deposited the insurance marker into the back of the net to seal the conference contest.
Between the posts, Wheaton senior Lindsay Leddy (Warwick, R.I./Wheeler School) made a pair of saves to collect her fourth shutout of the campaign. Her counterpart, senior Audrey Eiseman (Worcester, Mass./Mass. Academy of Math & Science), was credited with three stops in the loss.
The Lyons return to action at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27, when they travels to UMass Boston for a non-conference match. The Cougars travel to Framingham State for a 4 p.m. match on Monday.