TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Three different players found the back of the net for the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women's soccer team Tuesday, as the Engineers picked up their sixth straight shutout with a 3-0 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference victory over College of Mount St. Joseph.
The Engineers (8-2-4, 4-0 HCAC) stayed unbeaten and in sole possession of first place in the conference in the victory. Rose-Hulman has not allowed a goal since Sept. 25, in a loss to nationally-ranked Illinois Wesleyan.
Junior Haley O'Neil (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) opened Tuesday's scoring in the 27th minute with her third goal of the season, beating the MSJ keeper to the left side of the net after senior Nicky Wheeler (Avon, Ind./Avon) fed her the assist.
The two teams would battle for possession for nearly the entire second half before sophomore defender Cassidy Cain (Noblesville, Ind./Noblesville) connected for her second goal of her career, firing an unassisted shot in the 85th minute from just outside the top of the box to give Rose-Hulman a 2-0 lead.
Wheeler added the final goal one minute later, beating the MSJ defense in the center of the field for her fifth score of the season in the 86th minute. O'Neil tallied her team-leading sixth assist on the play.
Sophomore keeper Lucinda Combs (Danville, Ky./Boyle County) continued her stellar defense in goal, as she recorded her 10th shutout of the season -- which stands as the most in a single season in school history. Combs stopped three shots in the win.
The Engineers outshot the Lions 13-11 for the contest, while holding a 5-0 advantage on corner kicks.
Mount St. Joseph falls to 3-10-1 overall and 2-2 in the HCAC with the loss.
Rose-Hulman returns to play Saturday when the Engineers travel to Lexington, Ky., for an important league matchup with Transylvania. Match time is set for 1 p.m.
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