Wheaton (Mass.) defeats Salisbury
Lyons’ Cronin scored game winner off of a header at 58:08 mark
GENEVA, N.Y. -- Wheaton (Mass.) scored in the 59th minute and hung on for a 1-0 win against Salisbury in an NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Championship first round match Saturday.
Wheaton improved to 16-3-3 overall. The Sea Gulls wrapped up their season with a 13-6-2 overall record.
After a scoreless first half, junior Samantha Cronin broke through for the Lyons at 58:08. After a foul on Salisbury, senior Kaitlyn Mawicke took a free kick for Wheaton. She sent the ball in the box and Cronin redirected it with a header into the back of the net. It was her second goal this season, and proved to be all the Lyons would need as they held off the Sea Gulls for the remainder of the match.
Salisbury had a few chances to get on the scoreboard in the final minutes of the opening half. In the 40th minute, junior Sarah Pfunstein drilled a shot that banged off the left post. Shortly after, the Sea Gulls earned a corner kick and first-year Morgan Brasch fired a shot on goal that was saved by the Wheaton keeper, senior Erin Cawley.
Cawley finished with five saves and earned the shutout. First-year Michelle Conrad stopped two shots in goal for Salisbury. The Sea Gulls held a 13-9 advantage in shots, and the Lyons recorded a 5-4 edge in corner kicks.