Lyons and Owls Draw Even During Wheaton's Senior Day
NORTON, Mass.- The Wheaton College women's soccer team went to overtime for the sixth time this season while notching its fourth double-overtime tie on Wednesday, as the Lyons and visiting Keene State College played to a 1-1 draw in non-league play during Wheaton's Senior Day and home regular season finale at Mirrione Stadium.
The Lyons, who are ranked 16th in the country and tied for third in New England by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), moved to 14-1-4 on the season. They also set a new program mark for ties in a season. Picking up their first draw of the fall, the Owls are now 11-7-1.
Wheaton capitalized on its first shot of the game 11:46 into play, when sophomore Lauren Corigliano (Roselle Park, N.J./Roselle Park) was the recipient of a pair of one-touch passes from senior Cassey Muse (Candia, N.H./Central) and freshman Julia Cipriano (Middlebury, Conn./Pomperaug). Corigliano deposited her team-leading 11th goal of the fall into the lower right corner of the net.
The Lyons' lead held until midway through the second half, as senior Brittany Croteau (Swanzey, N.H./Monadnock Regional) collected a loose ball in the middle of the field and sent her 30-yard shot over the outstretched reach of Wheaton freshman goalie Taylor Wilson (Bellingham, Mass./Bellingham) at 65:59.
The hosts had a flurry of shots during a 2:08 span of the frame, but two were saved, one was blocked and the other carried wide of the goal frame. Neither team managed a shot in the final seven minutes of the second half.
Wheaton started the first extra session with a corner kick and two shots, but Corigliano's attempt sailed high and Muse's attempt was saved. Keene State took the period's final two shots but to no avail, as one was blocked and another went high.
The Owls had a 3-0 edge in shots in the second overtime, including firing a last-gasp attempt into a Wheaton wall on a restart with 34 seconds to play.
Wilson finished with five stops for the Lyons, while sophomore Victoria Crenson (North Salem, N.Y./North Salem) had seven saves for the guests.
The Blue and White held a 20-16 edge in shots, and Keene State took three of the game's five corner kicks.
Wheaton concludes its regular season this Saturday at New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe Clark University at 12:00 p.m.