Sept. 29, 2007
Courtesy Wheaton Sports Information
NORTON, Mass. - Freshman Melida Alvarez scored early and often Saturday afternoon against MIT, delivering a natural hat trick in the first nine minutes to lead the Wheaton College women's soccer team to a 7-1 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory at Mirrione Stadium.
Ranked seventh in the country and first in the region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), the Lyons extended the second-longest league unbeaten streak in NCAA history to 78 games while improving their fall record to 10-0-1 overall and 2-0 in the conference. Wheaton also stretched its regular season unbeaten streak to 26 games since 2006. MIT falls to 6-3 and 1-1.
The Lyons wasted little time getting their offense going as Alvarez scored in the second, fourth and ninth minutes to become the first Wheaton player to record a natural hat trick since senior teammate Lauren Konopka accomplished the feat at MIT in Oct., 2005. The Lyons hadn't scored three goals that quickly to start a game since 2002.
Seniors Erin Davis and Jenna Rabesa and freshman Barrie Lindsay were credited with the assists on Alvarez's goals. Sophomore Rosie Levy added Wheaton's fourth tally in the 19th minute courtesy of a Davis corner kick from the right side. Freshman Alessia Viscomi gave a touch to Levy for the finish.
Senior goalkeeper Elana Cockburn went untested in the opening half, as the Lyons carried a commanding 4-0 advantage into the break. Freshman Emily Hough extended the Blue and White lead to five goals off a Lindsay assist in the 60th minute before the Engineers got on the board.
In the 63rd minute, freshman Lauren Hernley lofted her shot over the reach of Wheaton sophomore keeper Abby Isaac. Hough's helper to junior Angelamaria Viscomi in the 75th minute and Konopka's pass to first-year Amanda Resendes in the 84th minute completed the scoring.
Isaac finished with three stops in the second half, while MIT junior goalie Stephanie Brenman made eight saves. The Lyons outshot the Engineers, 28-8, while corner kicks were even at three apiece.