Nov. 13, 2010

Courtesy of Wheaton Athletics

The Wheaton College women's soccer team scored three second-half goals en route to a 4-0 shutout over Mitchell College in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday afternoon at Eastern Connecticut State University's Mansfield Outdoor Complex, as the Lyons advance to the second round for the 10th time in 11 straight appearances.

Improving to 17-4-2 overall, Wheaton will face host Eastern on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. with a spot in next weekend's sectional round on the line. The Mariners, who were appearing in their first NCAA Tournament, finished their season at 10-8-1.

Sophomore Cassey Muse (Candia, NH/Central) scored a goal and added an assist to pace the Lyon offensive attack. Wheaton dominated the action in the first 45 minutes of play, outshooting Mitchell 17-1. Classmate Kierstin Luber (Cedar Park, TX/Cedar Park) gave the Lyons an advantage they would not relinquish in the 36th minute. Luber lifted a pass from Muse over the Mariners' keeper to account for the lone marker of the first frame.

Wheaton continued to apply the pressure in the second stanza, scoring three insurance goals in the span of 16 minutes. Sophomore Colleen Liffers (Merrimac, MA/Pentucket Regional) flicked her sixth goal of the season past freshman Kaylee Woodford (Niantic, CT) in the 53rd minute. Junior Emily Vincunas (Granville, Mass.) and Muse each registered a marker within seven minutes to provide the final margin of victory.

Lyons' junior goalkeeper Erin Cawley (West Springfield, Mass.) needed to just make one stop to collect the win, while Woodford had a strong match in net with 12 saves.