Wheelock College Women's Soccer Stumbles in Tough Non-Conference Battle

Wheelock College Women's Soccer Stumbles in Tough Non-Conference Battle

BOSTON, Mass.- Wheelock women's soccer (0-3) fell to Eastern Nazarene College (2-2) in a tough non-conference battle at Winsor Field. The Lions came out strong scoring the first goal of the match and applied solid pressure on the Wildcats' defense for much of the game.  

How It Happened: Wheelock College, led by goalie Elianna Murphy (West Nyack, N.Y.), kept the Lions scoreless for the first 18 minutes of play. Murphy faced multiple one-on-one breaks to keep the score close, but in the second half she had to make many diving saves. Young freshman defenseman, Rachel Facey (Amherst, N.H.), was able to make several defensive stops including a key block, on senior forward Kelly Couite (West Bridgewater, Mass), in the final minutes of the first half. Coutie would finish the day with three goals, one assist, and seven shots on goal.

The Lions would go on to score five more goals in the second half including an outstanding goal by Stephanie MacFarland (Quincy, Mass.). MacFarland chipped a shot over the diving goalie, from the right side of the box, to score off a corner kick from Kelly Couite. Eastern Nazarene College would close out the game with one more goal from freshman midfielder Rachel Bourk (Barrington, R.I.), to give the Lions the 13-0 win.

Who Stood Out: Once again Wheelock's goal tender Elianna Murphy had a tremendous game with 15 saves. Freshman midfielder Emma Keeler (Carlisle, Mass.) had a great look on goal for a strong scoring opportunity for the Wildcats.

What It Means: The Wildcats have struggled at home but look to bounce back next week with another home match at Winsor Field.

Up next: The Wildcats are back in action on Saturday, September 16th when they host Becker College (12:00 p.m., Wheelock Live Streaming).