BOSTON, Mass. - In the 93rd minute, sophomore Paige Haley (San Diego, Calif.) tallied the game winning-overtime net and her seventh goal of the season to lift the Emerson women's soccer team to its third consecutive shutout in a 1-0 NEWMAC win over Wheaton on Tuesday night.
Emerson moves to 8-6 overall and 3-2 in NEWMAC action, while Wheaton drops to 9-5 and 1-4 against NEWMAC opponents.
Senior keeper Melanie Escobar (Torrington, Conn.) earned her third shutout win and had seven saves through 93 minutes between the pipes. Sophomore Leann Wolf (Santa Maria, Calif.) was tagged with the loss for Wheaton and had four saves. Haley paced the Lions with four shots, while junior Caren McCarthy (San Jose, Calif.) had seven shots for the Lyons.
Wheaton outshot Emerson 15-6.
Neither Wheaton or Emerson were able to find the back of the net through the first half, but it was the Lyons who outshot the Lions 8-4.
Both teams continued to play tough man-to-man defense on one another, yet it was Wheaton who outshot Emerson 7-1 through the second half. Wheaton's biggest opportunity to break the 0-0 tie was in the 88th minute when junior Megan Healy's (Huntington, N.Y.) shot that sailed past Escobar's reach was waived off and called offsides. Healy's shot closed the second half and the game entered overtime.
In the 93rd minute, Emerson finally broke the 0-0 tie three minutes into overtime. On a crossed pass from freshman Veronica Alberts (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) in the middle, Haley collected the ball from inside the left post and deposited the game winning shot past Wolf into the bottom right corner.
Emerson returns to Rotch Field on Saturday and will host Springfield in a 1:00 p.m. NEWMAC contest, while Wheaton heads to Lasell for a 3:00 p.m. matchup on Thursday.