Women's Soccer Battles Springfield to 0-0 Double-Overtime Draw

Women's Soccer Battles Springfield to 0-0 Double-Overtime Draw

NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College women's soccer team battled New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) rival Springfield to a 0-0 double-overtime draw on Saturday afternoon at Christina Mirrione '99 Stadium.

The tie is the first of the season for the Lyons who move to 7-5-1 overall and 1-2-1 in NEWMAC play. The Pride move to 7-3-2 on the season and 3-1-1 in conference action.

First-year Leann Wolf played all 110 minutes in goal for Wheaton, coming up with five saves during the course of the contest. Ciara Boucher also played a complete game, making four saves for Springfield.

Senior Julia Cipriano led all players with six shots on the day, while Sarah Buckley finished with three for the Lyons.

Krissy Cicalis led the Pride with five shots, two of which made their way on frame, while Jessica Miller finished with four.

In the end, Springfield finished the contest with a one shot advantage on Wheaton, outshooting the Lyons 16-15. Both sides finished deadlocked on corner opportunities, with each having four.

The first half of action belonged to Springfield who outshot Wheaton 7-2. The Prides best chance came in the 27th minute when Jessica Miller let one rip from the left side of the 18-yard box, pinging the ball off the crossbar.

Wolf came up with two big back-to-back saves for the Lyons in the second half, first stopping a shot from Carly Lopergolo and then another by Cicalis. Wheaton outshot Springfield 8-5 in the second period, but only managed to put two of those shots on frame. Buckley had a chance to put the Lyons ahead in the 83rd minute but Boucher held her line to make the save.

Wheaton put the pressure on in the first overtime period with Cipriano putting two shots on frame two minutes in. The first shot was saved by Boucher, but the Pride keeper didn't hang onto the ball allowing it to fall back to Cipriano, who fired another shot into a Springfield defender. Earning a corner kick for the Lyons, the senior put the ball in the box where it found Brooke Collard who knocked the ball toward goal just to have it deflected into the air by the Pride defense. Megan Healy managed to get her head on the ball, redirecting it toward goal, forcing Boucher to make a save.

With time running out in the first overtime, Logan Ahearn took a chance of her own in the 98th minute but didn't hit it hard enough, giving Boucher an easy save.

The final overtime period saw just one shot, which came from Cicalis in the 109th minute. Tracking down the ball, which made its way through the box to the top right of the 18-yard box, the senior turned and shot but the ball rolled right to Wolf.

Wheaton hosts Emerson on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 4 p.m. in another NEWMAC match-up.

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