October 1, 2011

Wheaton extends unbeaten streak to seven with 7-0 win at Mount Holyoke

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. - Junior Cassey Muse (Candia, N.H./Central) scored two goals to lead the No. 21 Wheaton College to a 7-0 victory over New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe Mount Holyoke College in women's soccer action Saturday afternoon at the Mount Holyoke Soccer Field.

The win extends the Lyons unbeaten streak to seven (6-0-1) and pushes their record to 8-1-2 (3-0-0 NEWMAC). They entered the week ranked third in the region and 21st nationally in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll. Mount Holyoke dropped its fourth-straight match to fall to 2-5-0 (1-2-0 NEWMAC).

Ten different Wheaton student-athletes registered points, highlighted by Muse's four points and three-point efforts from seniors Emily Vincunas (Granville, Mass./Wilbraham & Monson Academy) and Kaitlyn Mawicke's (Trumbull, Conn./Notre Dame Catholic).  

Wheaton sophomore Rachelle Rodman (Fair Oaks, Calif./Bella Vista) opened the scoring at 13:23 when she headed in a pass from the corner from junior Samantha Cronin (Wethersfield, Conn./Wethersfield).

Later in the half, Muse scored twice in a span of 11 minutes to stretch the Lyons lead to 3-0. Her first marker came at 19:27, when she took a pass from Vincunas and slipped a shot around freshman goalkeeper Taylor Bradley (Aldie, Va./Freedom). Ten minutes later, Muse drilled a shot from the midfield inside the left post. Junior Kiersten Luber (Cedar Park, Texas/Cedar Park) picked up the assist on Muse's second goal.

Wheaton closed the first half with a 4-0 lead courtesy of Mawicke's second goal of the season. She scooped up a loose ball in the box and snapped a shot into the left side of the goal. The Lyons outshot the home team 26-1 and received seven corner kicks, compared to none for Mount Holyoke.

Vincunas potted her second goal of the season 32 seconds into the second half to push the Lyons lead to 5-0. After gathering a pass from Mawicke in the middle of the box, she fired a shot through the hands of freshman goalkeeper Mackenzie Randall, who was called up from the junior varsity team prior to the match and relieved Bradley at the start of the half.

Sophomore Kristina Braga (Lowell, Mass./Lowell) pushed the lead to 6-0 in the 56th minute when she dribbled around a Mount Holyoke defender and beat Randall from point blank range at 55:37. The goal was her team-leading seventh of the season. Freshman Shelby Benoit (Easthampton, Mass./Hampshire Regional) capped the scoring at 81:29, lofting a shot over Randall from the right side.

"We received excellent performances from many, many players today," said Wheaton head coach Luis Reis. "We moved the ball intelligently and scored several well-executed goals. Our mentality throughout the match was fantastic."

Wheaton finished with overwhelming advantages in shots (39-7) and corner kick chances (14-2). Senior goalkeeper Lindsay Leddy (Warwick, R.I./Wheeler School) made four saves en route to her fifth shutout of the season. At the other end, Bradley stopped a career-best 11 shots in the first half before giving way to Randall at the break. Randall ended the day with seven saves.

Wheaton returns to action on Tuesday when it travels to Wellesley for a 4 p.m. match. The Lyons visit Coast Guard for a 6 p.m. match on Tuesday.

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