BOSTON, MA - The Wheelock College women's soccer program honored Alyssa Collier (Trappe, MA) on Senior Day, prior to an 8-0 loss to visiting Lesley University this afternoon in a New England Collegiate Conference contest at Winsor Field in Boston, MA. The Wildcats fall to 1-11-0 overall and 1-5-0 in league play, while the Lynx win their seventh straight match, including their 32nd straight regular season conference contest, to improve to 14-1-1 overall and a perfect 7-0-0 in NECC play.
Collier played in her 27th career match for Wheelock and was joined prior to the match by her parents for the ceremony. The defender has started all but two matches during her tenure with the Wildcats.
Wheelock's defense held Lesley scoreless for the first 16-plus minutes of the contest. Freshman goalie Meghan Lewis (South Berwick, ME) turned away 14 shots for Wheelock during the match. Juniors Liz Randall (Westford, MA) and Rachel Noiseux (Merrimack, NH) led the offensive effort for the Wildcats with a shot apiece.
Junior forward Alexis Giusti (Meridian, CA) lifted a cross in front of the net that junior midfielder Hannah Landerholm (Edmonds, WA) redirected into the back of the net with her head at 16:15 for a 1-0 visitors' edge. Landerholm struck again, less than five minutes later, for her seventh goal of the year when she carried the ball in on a breakaway and sent a low shot into the left corner for a 2-0 Lesley margin.
The Lynx scored five more times prior to halftime. Giusti netted her team-leading eighth marker of the season when she settled the ball on her chest and ripped a low shot into the left corner at the 27:29 mark for a 3-0 lead. Lesley followed with a pair of goals in a span of 2:05 to increase its lead to 5-0. Sophomore forward Samantha Rapant (Pittsfield, MA) weaved through the Wildcats' defense and scored at 28:42, before senior defender Casey Decareau (Haverhill, MA) sent a short cross inside the box that junior forward Marysol Flores (Pico Rivera, CA) turned into her third goal of the season just 54 seconds later. Junior defender Emily Johnston (Goldens Bridge, NY) put a shot on net for the Lynx, but hit the post, only to be put back in the net by junior forward Cameron Brown (Marshfield, MA) for her third tally of the year at 38:50. Brown returned the favor with a cross in front to Johnston, who converted for her third goal of the season with just 1:32 left in the opening half to give Lesley a 7-0 cushion.
Sophomore midfielder Melinda Robinson (Plano, TX) capped the day's scoring with her career-best third goal of the year. She lifted a shot from the top left corner of the 18-box just inside the upper far post at 59:56 for an 8-0 Lynx' advantage.
Junior keeper Emileigh Lloyd (Middletown, PA) did not face a shot in the first half for Lesley and earned the victory to improve to 7-1-0 on the season. Senior goalie Victoria Ellis (Laguna Beach, CA) closed out the second half for the Lynx, stopping both shots that she faced.
The Wildcats will be in action again on Monday, October 21 when they travel to Bennington, VT to take on NECC foe Southern Vermont College at 4:00 p.m., while Lesley hosts Becker College on October 23 at Buckingham, Browne and Nichols School at 8:00 p.m.