Wellesley Soccer Drops Tightly Contested Home Opener to Lesley, 1-0

Junior Emily Tran had one of Wellesley's 10 shots in the contest (Julia Monaco).
Junior Emily Tran had one of Wellesley's 10 shots in the contest (Julia Monaco).

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Lesley University senior Xaelel Allen-Caballero (Henrietta, N.Y.) scored the only goal of the game in the second half to send the visiting Lynx to a 1-0 non-conference victory over Wellesley College soccer on Sunday afternoon.

Lesley has now won three straight games against the Blue dating back to the start of the 2016 season. The Lynx improve to 2-0-0 on the season, dropping the Blue to 1-1-0.

Wellesley finished the contest with a 10-6 advantage in shots but the visitors held a slight edge in attempts on goal, 5-4. First year Liz Zhou (McLean, Va.) supplied Wellesley's best chance to score in the opening half, skipping a shot from the top of the penalty area off the crossbar in the 22nd minute. However, the game remained scoreless at halftime.

The Blue looked to have the go-ahead goal after the break when junior Deyanira Ibarra (Los Olivos, Calif.) found the back of the net in the 51st minute, but the play was called back for offside. With the game still scoreless, the Lynx would strike on the second of back-to-back corners to take the 1-0 lead just minutes later. Senior Rachel Buckley (San Diego, Calif.) sent the ball into the area, where it clipped a Wellesley defender and found Allen-Caballero. Allen-Caballero then volleyed a drive into the net for her second goal of the season in the 58th minute.

Lesley sophomore goalkeeper Jill Narby (Huntington, N.Y.) made four saves to improve to 2-0-0 on the season and earn her second career shutout. Blue junior Olivia Reckley (Grosse Ile, Mich.) also turned back four chances and is now 1-1-0.

Both teams return to action on Wednesday at 4:00 PM. Wellesley will host UMass Boston and Lesley will hit the road to take on MIT.