NORTON, MA – Sophomore Emily Hough (Norwich, VT/Hanover) led the Wheaton College women’s soccer team with a goal and two assists during Sunday’s 4-0 victory over the University of Maine at Farmington, as the Lyons completed their four-game homestand this afternoon in Mirrione Stadium.
Wheaton, which is ranked 13th in the country and second in New England by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), outscored its opponents, 12-0 during the homestand while improving its overall mark to 6-1. The Beavers fell to 1-2.
Recording its sixth shutout of the season and 10th in its last 12 contests, the Blue and White defense limited UMF to two shots. The Lyons haven’t surrendered a goal in 427:34. Hough, who has scored the game-winner in three straight matches, collected the winner just 3:37 into play. Taking the feed from senior Jessica Bramucci (Ludlow, MA/Wilbraham & Monson Academy) in the middle of the field just outside the box, Hough made a slide by one defender before driving the ball past the Beaver goalie.
In the 23rd minute, junior Lyndsey McManus (Marshfield, MA/Marshfield) ripped her 20-yard shot into the upper right corner of the net thanks to a free kick above the box. Bramucci made it a 3-0 game at 36:06, taking a Hough feed and placing her hard-hit shot just beneath the crossbar. The Lyons entered the half with advantages of 18-2 in shots and 4-1 in corner kicks.
Sophomore Lauren Caney (West Springfield, MA/West Springfield) tallied for the first time this fall 3:03 into the second stanza, with Hough taking assist honors after notching her fourth point of the day. For the game, Wheaton outshot UMF, 35-2 while taking eight of the nine corners.
Freshman goalie Lindsay Leddy (Warwick, RI/Wheeler School) improved to 4-0 on the season after nearly 57 minutes of action, while classmate Kasey Frasier (Bennington, VT/Mount Anthony Union) went untested the rest of the way. Beaver sophomore Mckell Barnes (Durham, ME/Brunswick), who prevented Wheaton’s fifth goal with a nice diving save late in the contest, finished with nine stops.
The Lyons take to the road on Wednesday for the first time in two weeks, traveling to Springfield to face Western New England College at 4:30 p.m.