Nov. 3, 2007
Courtesy Wheaton Sports Information
NORTON, Mass. - Freshman Melida Alvarez tallied her eighth game-winning goal of the season, lifting the top-seeded Wheaton College women's soccer team past No. 4 MIT, 2-0 in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament semifinal on Saturday at Mirrione Stadium. Now 20-0-1, Wheaton will host No. 3 Babson College tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. in the league championship game.
Wheaton is ranked seventh nationally and second in New England by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and extended its league unbeaten streak to 87 games. The Engineers fell to 12-6 following the loss, but still hope to extend their season in the ECAC Championship Tournament.
Alvarez got her foot on a pair of shots early for the Lyons before tallying the game's initial goal 15:18 into the contest. The first-year forward's attempt from 20 yards out lofted toward the goal, where junior keeper Stephanie Brenman jumped high to get fingers on the ball before it drifted into the upper right corner. Senior Ashley Furr provided the assist. Brenman prevented Wheaton from making it 2-0 in the 36th minute, turning aside a point-blank shot.
Early in the second half, Lyon freshman Emily Hough found herself with a couple of scoring opportunities, including a denial by Brenman on a close-range attempt in the 50th minute that nearly slipped through the keeper's five-hole. Hough broke through in the 65th minute, leaning in to head home senior Jenna Rabesa's long cross from the left flank.
For the game, Wheaton outshot the Engineers, 25-4 while recording three of the game's four corner kicks. Senior keeper Stacey Kronenberg made one first-half save en route to the win, while classmate Elana Cockburn turned aside two shots in the second stanza. Brenman finished with five saves for MIT.