NORTON, Mass. – Senior goalkeeper Lisa Wojnar (Bellaire, Texas) made 11 saves and posted her third consecutive shutout to help the Babson College women's soccer team earn a 0-0 draw with Wheaton College today in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's soccer action Tuesday afternoon at Mirrione Stadium. The clean sheet was the 10th of the season for Wojnar, and the 19th of her career.
With the tie, the Beavers (12-2-2, 6-0-1 NEWMAC) remained unbeaten in NEWMAC play and have dropped only one game overall since September 3. The Lyons move to 11-2-3 (5-1-1 NEWMAC) and own a 24-10-6 lead in the series.
The match featured a pair of regionally-ranked schools as Wheaton entered the match No. 4 in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) – New England Region poll while Babson was seventh. The Lyons are now 9-1-2 in their last 12 matches while the Beavers are 10-1-1 during that same span.
Wheaton held a 30-17 advantage in shots for the match and possessed the best scoring chances on the afternoon for either side. Both Wojnar and Lyons' keeper Lindsay Leddy (Warwick, R.I.) recorded three saves in the first half, including a stop by Wojnar on a scoring attempt by junior Tara Caney (West Springfield, Mass./West Springfield).
The Lyons cracked up the offense in the second half and outshot the Beavers 15-8, but were unable to put one past Wojnar. Wheaton had the two best scoring chances for either side in the half, both coming in the final 15 minutes of regulation. Sophomore Joy-Marie Fernandes (Woburn, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon School) broke into the box on the left side and chipped a shot just wide of the right post. Minutes later, junior Cassey Muse (Candia, N.H./Central) – who leads the conference in points (21) – rang a shot off the left post from the right side of the box.
In the extra sessions, the Wheaton defense held the Beavers without a shot while the offense took five of their own. Senior Kaitlyn Mawicke (Trumbull, Conn./Notre Dame Catholic) nearly won the match for the Lyons midway through the second OT as she broke through the Babson defense and had a 1-vs-1 opportunity against Wojnar. Streaking through the middle of the box, Mawicke poked a shot that trickled just wide of the left post.
First-year Avika Shah (Scotch Plains, N.J.) led Babson with four shots, while junior Amy Festa (Medfield, Mass.), sophomore Mika Cucullo (South Salem, N.Y.), and first-year Jessica DiPhilippo (Falmouth, Maine) each tallied three shots.
Babson returns home on Saturday for a showdown with fellow conference-unbeaten Springfield College at noon, while Wheaton will travel to Northampton, Mass. for a 1:00pm game against Smith College.
Note: some parts taken from a Wheaton College press release.