NEW LONDON, Conn.-Junior Holly Moore made six saves but it wasn't enough as the Coast Guard women's soccer team dropped a 2-0 decision to regional super-power Wheaton on Tuesday evening in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference match at the CGA Track and Field Complex. The victory improves Wheaton's record to 11-5-1 (6-1-0 NEWMAC) while Coast Guard falls to 6-8-1 (3-3-1 NEWMAC).
Wheaton opened the scoring in the 15th minute when junior Kelsey Howes tallied her second goal of the season. After corralling a ball in the box she was able to finagle enough room between her and the defender to get a shot off. Moore stopped the ball initially before having it squirt underneath her body and across the goal line for the early 1-0 Wheaton lead.
The second goal came in the 32nd minute off the foot of junior Gabriella Verde for her seventh score of the season. Junior Lauren Corigliano played a bouncing ball into the box that Howes touched on to Verde whose one-timer beat a helpless Moore and give Wheaton a 2-0 advantage.
The Lyons held a 19-9 advantage in shots (8-5 on goal) for the match while each team had two corner kicks. With the loss, Coast Guard has now dropped nine in a row to Wheaton and is 0-15-1 in the all-time series with the lone tie coming in 2004.
Despite being out-shot and shutout, the Bears played a very inspiring game, using a physical style and good passing to keep things close. It was perhaps their best showing against Wheaton since a scoreless tie in 2004.
Sophomore Taylor Wilson made five saves for the Lyons to earn the victory.
"It was frustrating for our team to play well for the majority of the game, but lose our focus and drive after Wheaton scored the first goal," said Coast Guard head coach Susan Grant. "We were able to put together a few good chances at net, but it would have been nice had we capitalized on one of them. We are looking forward to our match against Emerson on Saturday. We need to be sure to limit our defensive mistakes, put forth a complete 90 minute effort and score on the chances that we create."