WELLESLEY, MA – Sophomore Kristina Braga (Lowell, Mass./Lowell) scored her team-leading eighth goal of the season early in the first half to propel the Wheaton College women's soccer team to a 2-0 win over Wellesley College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action Tuesday afternoon.
Ranked No. 18 in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll and No. 3 in New England, the Lyons (9-1-2, 4-0-0 NEWMAC) remaining unbeaten in conference play, extend their win streak to four and their unbeaten streak to eight (7-0-1). The loss drops the Blue to 2-8-2 (1-3-0 NEWMAC).
Braga scored the only goal the Lyons needed 15:38 into the match when she took a pass from senior and reigning NEWMAC Offensive Player of the Week Emily Vincunas (Granville, Mass./Wilbraham & Monson Academy), beat a defender and laced a shot over the goalkeeper's head. The Blue held a 5-3 edge in shots through the opening 45 minutes.
Senior Bailey Bowling (Littleton, Colo./Littleton) potted second-career goal 12 minutes into the second half to push the Wheaton lead to 2-0. She collected a rebound and shot the ball off the goalkeeper's back and into the net at 57:16. Junior Samantha Cronin (Wethersfield, Conn./Wethersfield) was credited with an assist on the goal. Wheaton outshot the Blue 9-6 in the second half to bring the final total to 12-11 in its favor.
"It was a sloppy game for us. We were not sharp and not at our best," said Lyons head coach Luis Reis. "We were fortunate to take advantage of our opportunities and score. We were off in our execution and decision-making. We need to turn the page tomorrow, enjoy a day off, and then focus on our next match."
Senior and defending NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Week Lindsay Leddy (Warwick, R.I./Wheeler School) recorded three saves to extend her shutout streak to 419:31 and earn her sixth shutout of the season. Freshman Claire Cerda (Coral Gables, Fla./Ransom Everglades) made one save for the home team.
The Lyons return to action on Saturday when they welcome MIT to Norton for a 1 p.m. match. The Blue host Coast Guard Saturday at 1 p.m.