September 27, 2011

Vincunas' goal in double OT sends Lyons past Beacons, 1-0

BOSTON, Mass. - Senior Emily Vincunas (Granville, Mass./Wilbraham & Monson Academy) scored her first goal of the season with 1:41 remaining in the second overtime to break a scoreless tie and lift the Wheaton College women's soccer team to a 1-0 win over UMass Boston in non-conference action Tuesday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center Field.

The Lyons - who entered the match ranked No. 21 in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll and No. 3 in New England - improve to 7-1-2 on the season with the win. It was also Wheaton's second OT triumph in the waning minutes in two weeks, having knocked off Endicott 3-2 in double overtime on Sept. 14 with just 27 ticks left on the clock.

On the game-winning goal, Vincunas sent a cross from the right side of the field into the box. The ball sailed over the head of the Beacons goalkeeper and into the net sat 108:19.

"If anyone deserved to get the game-winning goal, it was Emily," said Wheaton head coach Luis Reis. "She played a terrific game. We had several quality scoring chances throughout the match to score, but were unable to finish them. Our center midfielders became the difference in the second half, and Samantha Bennett (Weymouth, Mass./Weymouth) did a tremendous job in the back defending. It was a very inspiring performance."

Senior Lauren Leddy (Warwick, R.I./Wheeler School) made six saves to record her second-consecutive shutout and fourth of the season for Wheaton. In the process, she ran her shutout streak to 234:31. UMass Boston (5-4-0) freshman goalkeeper Dani Perkins (Murrieta, Calif./Murrieta Valley) also recorded six saves.

The Beacons held a 17-15 edge in shots and also took seven corner kicks, compared to four for the Lyons. Sophomore Tayla Andrews (Plymouth, Mass./Plymouth South) led UMB with five shots.

Wheaton returns to action on Saturday with a 1 p.m. match at New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest at Mount Holyoke. The Beacons travel to Southern Maine on Saturday for a 1 p.m. match.

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