NORTON, Mass.-Wheaton posted four goals in the first half and the Coast Guard women's soccer team dropped a 6-0 decision to the Lyons in the first round of the 2013 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Tournament. With the loss Coast Guard finishes the season at 6-11-2 while Wheaton improves to 14-5-2 with the victory and will meet the winner of Springfield and WPI at MIT on Saturday at a time to be announced.
Making their first appearance in the tournament since 2003 the Bears fell behind early and could never quite recover. Coast Guard came into the game as the tournament's #7 seed with a conference mark of 3-5-2 while the Lyons came in as the #2 seed, 8-1-1 in conference play.
Wheaton got on the board first when a cross took a deflection off of a Coast Guard defender and found its way into the back of the net in the sixth minute.
Freshman Alexa Sanchez scored a goal in each half, tallying marks in both the 33rd and 76th minutes, while also assisting on a 32nd minute goal by classmate Sydney Ferrell.
Senior Kristina Braga and junior Kelsee Howes scored in the 23rd and 47th minutes, respectively, for Wheaton to account for the 6-0 margin.
Junior Holly Moore played well in goal for the Bears, making six saves, but it was not quite enough to slow down the high-powered Wheaton offense.
"I'm really proud of what we accomplished season," said head coach Susan Grant "We really made a lot of strides and have set ourselves up with a solid foundation moving forward."
Coast Guard has a lot to be proud of this season. They exceeded nearly all external expectations to qualify for the tournament despite being picked last in the 11-team NEWMAC. Along the way the club also tied a program record by posting five shutouts as a team. The six wins were the most for the Bears since 2010, when they also recorded six victories.
Wheaton held a 29-7 advantage in shots for the match (12-2 on goal) and gained eight corner kicks compared to just one for the Bears.
The loss drops Coast Guard to 0-16-1 all-time against Wheaton, including 0-3-0 all-time in the NEWMAC Tournament.