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Wheaton drops PSC in season opener

NORTON, Mass. -- Sophomore Erin Brennan (Mesa, AZ/Xavier College Prep) equaled a career-best seven points (three goals, one assist) to lead the Wheaton College women's soccer team to a 5-0 shutout over Plymouth State College Saturday afternoon at Elms Field. With the victory, Wheaton improves its record to 3-0 overall, while the Panthers fall to 0-1.

The hosts wasted no time in attacking the Panther defense, as the Lyons hit the post 30 seconds into the game. Following several scoring opportunities within the first 10 minutes, the Blue and White eventually capitalized at the 11:56 minute mark, as sophomore Beth Caromile (Warwick, RI/Pilgrim) rifled her shot inside the left post to give Wheaton a 1-0 edge.

Brennan then took over the game by registering the next three goals. Her first came in the 18th minute when she took a Tracy Prihoda (Needham, MA/Needham) pass at midfield, broke away from the defense and beat Plymouth keeper Hayley Quinones (Waitsfield, VT/Harwood Union) on the breakaway to give the hosts a 2-0 advantage. Brennan then headed a crossing pass from junior Christy McHugh (Salem, MA/Bishop Fenwick) at the 20:32 minute mark and finally completed the hat trick at 29:04, as Caromile assisted on the play to give the Lyons a comfortable 4-0 lead.

Wheaton continued to pour it on offensively a little over a minute and a half later, when junior Sheila LaCambra (Walnut Creek, CA/Northgate) tucked a Prihoda cross just over the goal line for the 5-0 lead. Quinones faced 34 shots with seven saves for the Panthers, while Wheaton's first-year goalkeeper Emily Lipsky (Whitestone, NY/Sacred Heart Academy) recorded her second shutout of the season.

The Panthers will be back in action next weekend at the Plattsburgh (N.Y.) Tournament, facing Western New England College in Saturday's opener (2:00 p.m.). The Lyons will return to play next weekend with a pair of non-conference games in the Lone Star State of Texas. Game one will feature nationally-ranked Trinity College Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. in San Antonio, while game two is set to kick off Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. against Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.