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Wheaton Hands Women's Soccer First NEWMAC Loss, 1-0

Wheaton Hands Women's Soccer First NEWMAC Loss, 1-0


BABSON PARK, Mass. – Senior Colleen Liffers (Merrimac, Mass.) scored the game’s lone goal on a rebound in the 47th minute to lift the visiting Wheaton College Lyons to a 1-0 win over the host Babson College Beavers in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) matchup at Hartwell-Rogers Field on Tuesday afternoon. With the win, Wheaton, ranked seventh in the region, improves to 12-3-2 overall and 4-3-0 in league play, while the first conference loss of the season for the Beavers drops their record to 10-4-1 overall and 5-1-1 in the NEWMAC.
Both goalkeepers were outstanding in their respective nets, with Babson junior Lisa Wojnar (Bellaire, Texas) making 10 saves and Wheaton junior Erin Cawley (West Springfield, Mass.) turning away seven shots. Wojnar’s best save of the day came on the Lyons’ second shot attempt, as she made a diving catch to her left on a rocket by Liffers in the seventh minute. At the other end, Cawley made her biggest stop in the 78th minute, as she made a clean catch of an erratically bouncing shot by Babson sophomore Caroline McManus (Walpole, Mass.) near the left post.
Wheaton tallied the only goal of the game in the opening minutes of the second half, beginning with a free kick by senior Alessia Viscomi (Newton, Mass.) that was blocked by the Babson wall at the top of the box. Viscomi then collected the rebound and dribbled to the right side, where she lofted a high shot on net. Wojnar was able to make a leaping save to her right, but the rebound went right to Liffers, who blasted an open shot inside the left post at 46:40.
Babson mounted plenty of offensive pressure in the final 15 minutes, but Cawley and the Lyons’ defense held strong. The Beavers final chance came with just under two minutes left, but first-year Meg Andrew’s (Easton, Mass.) hard-hit shot from 30 yards out was caught cleanly by Cawley in the center of the goal mouth as Wheaton held on for the 1-0 victory.