Sept. 27, 2011
BOSTON, Mass. – A long cross to the far post in the 108th minute from Emily Vincunas proved to be the deciding score as the visiting Lyons of Wheaton College (MA) (7-1-2) defeated women’s soccer (5-4) by the final score of 1-0 in double overtime Tuesday afternoon on the Clark Athletic Center Field.
Vincunas’ goal, the first of the year for the senior, was driven from deep in the right corner of the field. The ball then managed to sneak under the crossbar and land directly into the far post netting ending an extremely tough match.
The game-winning shot marked Wheaton’s 15th of the match, and fourth in the second overtime period. UMass Boston tallied 17 shots on Tuesday, and managed a combined three shots in the two overtime periods.
Through the first 90 minutes of play, both teams battled back and forth all over the field. The Beacon’s defense led by senior Samantha Place (Newton, NJ) was solid throughout the match. Along with Brittany Spencer (West Brookfield, MA), Jamie Ledin (Bridgewater, MA), and Alli Modzelewski (Newtown, CT), the four defenders battled for every ball and were extremely physical for all 108 minutes.
Both teams exchanged shots throughout first 90 minutes, with Wheaton goalkeeper Lindsay Leddy totaling five saves in regulation. UMass goalkeeper Dani Perkins (Murrieta, CA) also tallied five saves in the first 90 minutes as well. Leddy and Perkins each recorded one save in the second overtime.
Perkins save in the second overtime came in the opening minutes, when Wheaton drove a ball into the box, which then hit off the bottom of the cross bar, which then landed directly into the hands of Perkins, who had fallen trying to push the initial shot over the bar.
Leading the Beacons offense through a majority of the match, was Kellie Gomes (Halifax, MA) who recorded five shots, four of which were on goal. One of her best chances came in the final minutes of regulation on a free kick opportunity that nearly found its mark, had it not been for a strong save by Leddy.
Combined the Beacons held a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks over their NEWMAC opponents, who going into the match were ranked third in the New England Region on the most recent NSCAA/Continental Tire Regional Rankings. Just last week, Wheaton was ranked 23rd in the country, and was actually ranked 22nd in Division III Women’s Soccer on the NSCAA Coaches’ Preseason Poll.
Women’s soccer returns to action on Saturday when they travel to the University of Southern Maine for 1 p.m. Little East Conference match.