Record Season Comes to an End for Bears, Fall to Lyons 1-0

Lizzie Miller
Lizzie Miller

NEW LONDON, Conn. – In the final game of the regular season, Coast Guard fell to Wheaton 1-0 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action Saturday afternoon.

With the loss, the Bears finish the year 9-9 and 4-6 in the NEWMAC while the Lyons are now 14-3-1 and 8-2 in conference play.

Sophomore Aymara O'Brien-Pappalardo scored her sixth goal of the season while senior Megan Healy notched her fifth assist of the year.

Both teams traded strong opportunities in the first half as Wheaton looked to get on the board in the 18th minute as Hannah Lepordo hit a low shot from 20 yards out that slipped past junior goalkeeper Rachel Boohar but clanged off the post and was cleared away by the defense.

Coast Guard nearly found a goal before the end of the half as freshman Kylee Ballard played classmate Felicia Lombardi through the Lyons back four and put her in on goal. Lombardi sent a shot to the opposite post from the right side but senior goalkeeper Leann Wolf dover to her right to smother the shot and keep the game scoreless going into the second half.

The second half saw multiple near misses for the Bears starting in the 48th minute as sophomore Claire Hurley stripped a Wheaton defender and charged down the right side of the field. As Hurley dribbled in on goal she slid a cross to Lombardi, who turned her defender and hit a low shot to the left corner. Her shot went just outside of the post and out play ending the attack.

Hurley was back on the attack again in the 71st minute as senior Michelle Hernandez found her with a service from the left side. Hurley settled the cross but placed her shot wide of the right post keeping the score level.

The Lyons finally broke the tie in the 76th minute as Healy collected a pass in the center of the field and managed to squeeze a pass through the Bears back four. O'Brien-Pappa ran on to the pass and slotted her shot into the opposite corner for he 1-0 lead with just 15 minutes to play.

Coast Guard had one final crack at goal in the 79th minute as Hurley settled a pass on the right side of the Wheaton penalty box. Hurley fired a dipping shot on goal that banged off the crossbar. The rebound found the feet of Ballard who tried to quickly put the shot back on goal but the strike went wide ending the attack as the Lyons hung on for their 14th win of the season.

Boohar (9-9) made five saves on six shots on goal allowing the lone goal. Boohar heads into her senior year third all-time in career saves (300), tied for third in career shutouts (10) and second in career wins (21).

Wolf (8-2-1) made two saves on two shots on goal for her second shutout of the season.

Coast Guard wraps up their winningest season in program history returning 22 players next year hungry for a postseason berth. Congratulations and good luck to the team's three seniors: Michelle Hernandez, Gabrielle Auzenbergs and Elley Donnelly.