Wheaton, Babson play to scoreless tie
NORTON, Mass. – Senior Lindsay Leddy (Warwick, R.I./Wheeler School) made seven saves in Wheaton College's 0-0 tie with Babson College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's soccer action Tuesday afternoon at Mirrione Stadium.
With the tie, the Lyons snap Babson's six-match conference win streak and move to 11-2-3 (5-1-1 NEWMAC) on the season. The Beavers depart Norton with a mark of 11-2-2 (6-0-1 NEWMAC) and are now 10-24-6 all-time against Wheaton.
The match featured a pair of regionally-ranked schools as Wheaton entered the match No. 4 in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) – New England Region poll while Babson was seventh. The Lyons are now 9-1-2 in their last 12 matches while the Beavers are 10-1-1 during that same span.
Wheaton held a 30-17 advantage in shots for the match and possessed the best scoring chances on the afternoon for either side. Both Leddy and Babson senior goalkeeper and captain Lisa Wojnar (Bellaire, Texas/Episcopal) recorded three saves in the first half, including a stop by Wojnar on a scoring attempt by junior Tara Caney (West Springfield, Mass./West Springfield).
The Lyons cracked up the offense in the second half and outshot the Beavers 15-8, but were unable to put one past Wojnar. Wheaton had the two best scoring chances for either side in the half, both coming in the final 15 minutes of regulation. Sophomore Joy-Marie Fernandes (Woburn, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon School) broke into the box on the left side and chipped a shot just wide of the right post. Minutes later, junior Cassey Muse (Candia, N.H./Central) – who leads the conference in points (21) – rang a shot off the left post from the right side of the box.
In the extra sessions, the Wheaton defense held the Beavers without a shot while the offense took five of their own. Senior Kaitlyn Mawicke (Trumbull, Conn./Notre Dame Catholic) nearly won the match for the Lyons midway through the second OT as she broke through the Babson defense and had a 1-vs-1 opportunity against Wojnar. Streaking through the middle of the box, Mawicke poked a shot that trickled just wide of the left post.
Wojnar finished with 11 saves and moved to 11-2-2 on the season. Leddy, meanwhile, saw her record go to 10-2-2. Wheaton took eight corner kicks compared to five for the visitors.
The Lyons return to action on Saturday when they travel to Smith for a 1 p.m. match. The Beavers host Springfield at noon.