Lyons topple Plymouth State with season-best six goals

Lyons topple Plymouth State with season-best six goals

PLYMOUTH, N.H.- Wheaton College women's soccer sophomore Lauren Corigliano (Roselle Park, N.J./Roselle Park) posted the game-winner and finished with two goals while freshman Cat Amick (Vashon, Wash./Vashon Island) had a hat trick during the nationally-ranked Lyons' 6-0 win at non-league foe Plymouth State University on Sunday at Panther Field.

Ranked seventh in the country and first in the region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), Wheaton tallied a season-best six goals to improve to 14-1-3.  The Lyons also remained unbeaten against the Panthers in six meetings.  Plymouth State is 2-14.

Wheaton was held off the scoreboard for the first 25 minutes before ripping off three straight goals during a 10:48 span.  Receiving a pass from the left side from freshman Julia Cipriano (Middlebury, Conn./Pomperaug), Corigliano slid her shot into the lower left side of the net at 25:46.

Senior Cassey Muse (Candia, N.H./Central) made the score 2-0 six minutes later, collecting a loose ball in front of the Panther goal and chipping it over the goalie's head.  At 36:34, Corigliano again found the back of the net, this time taking a through ball from Cipriano and hitting her shot from the left side of the field into the far right corner of the goal frame.

The visitors put the game away for good in the second half on the strength of Amick's hat trick.  Her first goal came on a header in the 61st minute after a diagonal feed on a long kick from junior Holly Santos (Fall River, Mass./B.M.C. Durfee)

In the 67th minute, Amick converted a feed from freshman Mary McGinley (Madison, Conn./Loomis Chaffee School).  She completed her natural hat trick at 78:38, when she scored on a tap-in following a nice cross from sophomore Shelby Benoit (Easthampton, Mass./Hampshire Regional).

Wheaton used three goalies on the afternoon, with freshman Taylor Wilson (Bellingham, Mass./Bellingham) not seeing a first-half shot.  Classmates Ali Hinton (Lafayette, Colo./Alexander Dawson School) and Lauren Thacker (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) combined to make seven second-half saves.

For the host, junior Hannah Kimball (Epping, N.H./Epping) posted six saves in defeat.

Wheaton filled up the stat sheet with edges of 30-7 in shots and 11-1 in corner kicks.

The Lyons look to give head coach Luis Reis his 300th career win at Wheaton on Wednesday against non-league foe Keene State College in the team's home finale at 3:30 p.m.