The Rhode Island College Anchorwomen were outshot 27-8 and simply outplayed by an imposing Wheaton College squad that scored five goals against them, as the home side lost 5-0 Thursday evening.
The Lyons came into Providence boasting an undefeated record (4-0-1), while the Anchorwomen attempted to earn their second win of the season after a tough loss to Clark University the prior weekend.
Right off the bat, the Lyons attacked often and early, and soon took the lead when Melida Alvarez scored in the 11th minute when she put the ball into the top corner of the net for the one-goal advantage.
RIC tried to keep it to a one-goal deficit while they attempted to find the equalizer, but the Anchorwomen were simply overwhelmed by the potent Wheaton attack that kept RIC keeper Krissi Pyzynski busy.
Near the half hour mark, Lyndsey McManus swept a free kick from 35 yards that connected with the boot of Jenna Rabeda as the ball flew into the back of the net for the two-goal Lyon lead.
With less than four minutes left in the half, the Lyons pounced again when Rabesa and Katie Watson collaborated on the design of an Emily Hough goal in the 42nd minute.
Down three goals entering the second half, the Anchorwomen tried to crack the scoreboard with a goal of their own, but were often too busy defending to mount any sort of lengthy attack. Barrie Lynsday took advantage of a tired defending corps and scored at the hour mark.
Though their efforts never subsided, RIC tried desperately to crack the egg residing under the "Home" label on the scoreboard with a couple of quick counterattacks late.
But Wheaton caught the Anchorwomen flat-footed deep in home end in the 82nd minute when Bailey Edwards floated a close-range shot amid a gaggle of players to give the Lyons the convincing five-goal win over the Anchorwomen.
House of Soccer Woman of the Match: Emily Hough (Wheaton), who came on as a substitute to score a goal and chalk up an assist.