Corigliano buries two goals, Lyons push shutout streak to four-straight games
WORCESTER, Mass. – The Wheaton College women's soccer team shut out Clark University, 3-0, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Saturday afternoon at Granger Turf Field.
Wheaton senior captain Lauren Corigliano (Roselle Park, N.J./Roselle Park) led the way with a pair of goals on seven shots for the Lyons including a successful penalty kick in the 55th minute. Sophomore forward/midfielder Kaitlin Montoya (Placentia, Calif./Orange Lutheran) netted the final tally of the contest at the 81:49 mark, while junior goalkeeper Ali Hinton (Lafayette, Colo./Alexander Dawson School) improved to 9-4-0 recording her sixth shutout this season (ninth career) with one save.
Clark sophomore Kara Fischer (Belmont, Mass./Hyde School) paced the Cougars with a pair of shots, while first-year Simone McGuinness (Fryeburg, Maine/Fryeburg Academy) and senior Charlotte Mays (Melrose, Mass./Melrose) each tallied a single shot in the contest. Junior goalkeeper Gabby Paolini (North Potomac, Md./Quince Orchard) recorded 14 saves in the losing effort (2-14-0).
The Blue and White put immediate pressure on the hosts with ten consecutive shots in the first 20 minutes of action as Paolini came away with four saves total during that span. Corigliano eventually put Wheaton on the scoreboard at 20:34 with her ninth goal of the season to take a 1-0 advantage.
Wheaton came close to adding to its lead in the 35th minute when back-to-back shots by senior Kelsee Howes (Maynard, Mass./Maynard) and sophomore Molley Shea (Westfield, Mass./Wilbraham & Monson) ricocheted off the crossbar.
In the second half, Corigliano pushed the gap to 2-0 by converting her first career penalty kick into the back of the net at 54:18 for her tenth goal of the season. Montoya sealed the victory in the 82nd minute when she put back her own rebound after an initial save by Paolini and another save by a Cougars' defender.
Wheaton held a 37-4 advantage in shots and an 8-3 margin in corner kicks. The Lyons have not allowed a goal in four-straight games, while their shutout streak spans a total of 377:26 after giving up a goal to Springfield in a 1-0 loss on October 11.
Wheaton (11-6-1, 5-3-0 NEWMAC) returns to action when the Lyons travel to take on NEWMAC foe Babson College on Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m. Clark (2-13, 1-6 NEWMAC) hosts WPI on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. to round out their NEWMAC schedule.