The Wheaton women’s soccer team fell 1-0 to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) on Saturday, Sept. 24. The loss was the Lyon’s first defeat of the season, bringing their record to 8-1.
For the first half of the game, both teams remained off of the scoreboard. WPI Engineers took the first shot on goal within four minutes, but it was saved by Wheaton goalkeeper Leann Wolf ’19. The Engineers continued fighting, getting two more shots before Wheaton gained possession of the ball. All in all, the Engineers played aggressive, as Wolf had to save seven balls to keep the game close.
Alexa Sanchez ’17 had the Lyon’s only shot on goal, but it was saved by WPI goalkeeper Gabi Hoops. In the final six minutes of the game, WPI finally hit a shot past Wolf, leading the Engineers to the 1-0 win.
Unsurprisingly, the Lyons were frustrated with the final score. “It was an unacceptable loss. Going forward, we will have to work ten times harder to get to the place we should be. There are a lot of games ahead, and I know this team will fight back to where we need to be,” Carly Costello ’19 said.
The WPI game was the first of ten conference games that the Lyons will play throughout their season.