LONGMEADOW, Mass.- Wheelock College (1-7-0) dropped a tough road battle with Bay Path College (5-2-1) on Saturday afternoon.
How It Happened: Senior forward Elena Helming (Maplewood, N.J.) netted the first and eventual game winner at 3:15 on the clock with an assist by junior forward Jai Ruiz (Hadley, Mass.). She would score the second goal unassisted five minutes later. Ruiz would then notch the third goal at 11:58 on the clock after a cross inside by junior midfielder Megan Mackie (APO, AE).
Once again Helming and Ruiz would combine for a goal in the 30th minute, notching the hat-trick. Ruiz would score her second goal at 36:13 on the clock after long cross from junior defender Rebekah Herring (Springfield, Mass.). Herring would team back u with Ruiz and score her first goal and final point of the half at 44:50 on the clock.
Wheelock would hold off Bay Path scoring until the 70th minute of play in the second half when Mackie would find sophomore midfielder Joanna Feliciano (Springfield, Mass.) foot to net the final insurance goal of the game.
Despite the loss, freshman keeper Elianna Murphy (West Nyack, N.Y.) had 17 saves on 33 shots, 24 of which were on goal. Sophomore midfielder Nicole DeStefano (North Smithfield, R.I.) had the lone shot for the Wheelock Wildcats.
What It Means: Bay Path is now 5-2-1 on the season and 3-0-0 in the NECC, while Wheelock falls to 1-7-0 on the year and 0-3-0 in conference play. Wheelock is looking forward to a full week of practices that will equipt them in the second half of the season.
Up Next: Wheelock goes on the road Saturday, October 7th to face Southern Vermont College in an NECC match-up (1:00 p.m./SVCLive Streaming).