Lions defeat Wheaton for third-straight conference win

The women’s soccer team won its third-straight conference match in a physical 1-0 game against Wheaton College. 

The Lions recorded a shutout for the seventh time this year. 

“During these past three wins, our defense has just been super consistent and super hardworking,” sophomore goalkeeper Megan Rose said in a post-game interview. 

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The referee called six fouls on the Lions and ten on Wheaton—including a yellow card on a Wheaton forward after she fouled freshman defender Cali Bruce in the 88th minute. 

“I felt that the referee at times wasn’t really protecting the players,” head coach David Suvak said in an interview. “That was a yellow card on the end line. I think that’s a little bit more than a yellow card. I think that the official didn’t quite control the game that I thought he should be controlling.”

In the 32nd minute, senior forward Veronica Alberts scored the only goal of the game—her second of the season—off an assist by freshman midfielder Ainslee MacQuarrie. Alberts scored five goals in the 2018 season.

“[Alberts] had an injury, and I think that she’s just kind of coming back to where she was a year ago,” Suvak said. “I’m happy that she scored a great goal tonight. That’s a super important goal for our team.”

Before Tuesday’s game, Suvak said he knew Wheaton would present the Lions with some challenges on the field. 

“I thought that that team was going to be very athletic and have players in some positions that were going to cause us some problems,” Suvak said. 

With the win, the Lions broke a tie with Wheaton in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference standings. The Lions are now tied for second place in the conference with five conference games remaining.

“I think our biggest thing was communicating and talking to each other, but also receiving instruction and being able to listen and work off each other and work together,” Rose said.

The Lions will face Wellesley College at Rotch Field on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 1 p.m.

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