Wheaton and Tufts Play to Double-Overtime Draw for Second Straight Year
NORTON, Mass.- The nationally-ranked Wheaton College women's soccer team and visiting Tufts University settled for a double-overtime draw for the second time in as many seasons on Wednesday afternoon, as the two teams played 110 scoreless minutes in non-conference action at Mirrione Stadium.
Ranked 19th in the country and third in New England by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), the Lyons extended their unbeaten streak to seven games at 5-0-2 and shutout stretch to three matches. Playing in four shutouts this fall, the Jumbos saw their record go to 1-2-1.
The hosts had several scoring opportunities over the course of the game go for naught, as Wheaton finished with a 25-7 advantage in shots, including a 17-2 edge after halftime. The Blue and White also took eight of the game's nine corner kicks.
Tufts junior goalkeeper Kristin Wright (Austin, Texas/Westwood) single-handedly kept her team in the game with 12 saves, including a huge diving stop in the first overtime. Three of the Jumbos' five first-half shots were stopped by Lyon freshman goalie Taylor Wilson (Bellingham, Mass./Bellingham).
The hosts took four shots in the second overtime, including one from senior Cassey Muse (Candia, N.H./Central) that carried just to the left of the goal frame. Wright denied Muse in the 95th minute of the first extra session, as Muse fired a shot from inside the right side of the box to the far post, but Wright got a hand on it and the ball trickled out of harm's way.
Wheaton had multiple chances in the second half, including when a diving stop from Wright in the 81st minute that took a goal away from freshman Julia Cipriano (Middlebury, Conn./Pomperaug). Muse had three attempts during a 5:30 span, but one went wide, another high and a breakaway shot was saved. Junior Kristina Braga (Lowell, Mass./Lowell) twice beat the defense in finding herself one-on-one with the keeper, but her first shot was turned aside by Wright and the next went high.
The hosts' two best first-half opportunities came 2:57 apart, but Wright denied both Muse and senior Samantha Cronin (Wethersfield, Conn./Wethersfield).
The Lyons return to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday when they travel to Wellesley College for a 1:00 p.m. match.