GENEVA, N.Y. - Facing the No. 2 ranked team in this week's d3soccer.com and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) polls, the Wheaton College women's soccer team suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of William Smith College in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Sunday afternoon at Cozzens Field.
Making their 12th consecutive berth in the NCAA Tournament and third-straight appearance in the second round, the Lyons received 10 saves from senior goalkeeper Erin Cawley (West Springfield, Mass./West Springfield) and finish their season 16-4-3.
The Herons - who entered the match allowing just 3.9 shots/game and had allowed only one goal on the season (0.05 goals against average) - held the Wheaton offense to three shots on the afternoon.
William Smith scored the only goal of the match 19:50 into the first half. Minutes after freshman and leading-scorer Dineo Mmutla (Johannesburg, South Africa) rang a shot off the left post, she took a left-footed shot from 15 yards out that found the top right corner. The goal snapped Cawley's shutout streak of 309:50 in NCAA Tournament play, spanning three-plus matches.
The first half closed with William Smith holding a 14-1 edge in shots. Cawley recorded five saves while junior Cassey Muse (Candia, N.H./Central) was credited with Wheaton's shot.
The Lyons struggled to create anything on offense in the second half against the nation's stingiest defense. Cawley, meanwhile, made five saves in the half to keep the Lyons within striking distance. She made her best save of the half with 22 minutes remaining on a strike from junior Whitney Frary (Niskayuna, N.Y.).
The Herons outshot the Lyons 13-2 in the second half and finished with a 27-3 advantage for the match.
William Smith senior goalkeeper Amanda Davis (Landing, N.J.) did not record a save and earned her 18th win of the season and 12th shutout. The match was the seventh won by William Smith by a 1-0 score while the Lyons were shutout for the third time in 2011.
Notes: The Lyons move to 15-11-2 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, 4-6-1 in the second round, and 0-2-0 all-time against William Smith ... senior Emily Vincunas (Granville, Mass./Wilbraham & Monson Academy) played in her 93rd career match, which is tied for seventh on Wheaton's career list ... the Lyons have won 16-or-more matches in 13 consecutive seasons, dating back to 1999 ... Wheaton posted a 10-2-1 record away from Mirrione Stadium this season.