NORTON, Mass. – Playing with a purpose, the Wheaton College women's soccer team secured its place in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament on Saturday afternoon with a 4-0 win over visiting Smith College at Christina C. Mirrione '00 Stadium.
With the win the Lyons improve to 13-7 on the season and 5-5 in NEWMAC action, while the Pioneers fall to 8-6-5 overall and 2-5-3 in conference play.
Wheaton wasted no time getting started with senior defender Sydney Ferrell scoring her first goal of the season in the third minute. A goal came after a corner kick by Aymara O'Brien-Pappalardo pinged around the box and eventually found the feet of Ferrell.
Logan Ahearn and Lily Scammon paired up for Wheaton's third goal of the game, which came in the 36th minute. Scammon threaded the ball through two Pioneer defenders, which allowed Ahearn to one touch the ball back across frame and into the left netting.
The Lyons added one goal in the second half with Sanchez capping off senior day with a goal. First-year Noelle Perciballi picked up the assist on the play, sending the ball into the 18-yard box where Sanchez took a couple touches before shooting across goal.
Smith challenged Wheaton down the stretch, firing off several shots in the final 20 minutes, but were unable to beat senior goalkeeper Sarah Caron. Caron, who picked up her first win of the season, ended the day with six saves. Lynch split time in goal with Shelby Hall, making one save in 45 minutes of work. Hall ended the contest with three saves.
Wheaton, who enter the NEWMAC Tournament as the #6 seed, travel to #3 Babson on Tuesday, Nov. 1 for a 2:30 p.m. contest. The winner moves onto the semifinals on Saturday.