Engineers Fall to No. 18 Wheaton, 2-0

Freshman Ambika Krishnamachar
Freshman Ambika Krishnamachar

NORTON, Mass. – Cassey Muse scored her seventh goal of the season early in the first half and senior goalkeeper Lindsay Leddy made seven saves in Wheaton College's 2-0 win over MIT in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's soccer action Saturday afternoon at Mirrione Stadium.

Bailey Bowling added an insurance marker midway through the second half to help the nationally-ranked No. 18 Lyons (10-1-2, 5-0-0 NEWMAC) extend their win streak to five and their unbeaten streak to nine (8-0-1). The Engineers, ranked No. 8 in New England, saw their eight-game unbeaten streak end as their record lowered to 7-2-2 on the year and 2-1-2 in conference action.

Muse netted her third goal in three matches 8:58 into the contest to give Wheaton a 1-0 lead. She stripped the ball from an MIT back, stepped into the box and tucked a shot under the crossbar. The Engineers outshot the Lyons 9-5 in the opening stanza, but were unable to put one past Leddy, who stopped all five shots on goal.

In the second half, Bowling potted her second goal in as many matches to double the Lyons' lead. She dribbled the ball down the right side past a defender, and then lofted a shot into the box that sailed over junior goalkeeper Meghan Wright (Devon, Pa.) into the left side of the net at 68:29. Wright came into the match having allowed just five goals in 940 minutes of action and was ranked first in the conference in save percentage (.922) and second in goals against average (0.48).

Leddy extended her shutout streak to 509:31 en route to earning her seventh shutout of the season. Wright recorded four saves to fall to 7-2-2 on the season. After allowing nine shots in the first half, the Lyons tightened their defense and held the Engineers to just four in the second half. Overall, MIT led 13-8 in shots.

The Lyons return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Emmanuel for a 7 p.m. match. The Engineers host Tufts on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Release Courtesy of Wheaton College Sports Information