Worcester, Mass. – WPI senior Kristen Garza (Kingston, Mass.) scored the game-winning goal in the 85th minute lifting the visiting Engineers to a dramatic 3-2 come-from-behind win over host Clark in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's soccer action on Saturday morning.
The goal for Garza not only provided the difference on the scoreboard but gives her 101 career points, the most in school history. The victory, meanwhile, pushes the Engineers record to 4-9-1 overall and 2-4 in league play. Clark, on the other hand, slips to 5-9 and 2-4 in conference action.
Things started off in fine fashion for the Cougars who got their first goal courtesy of a pair of emerging freshmen. Janelle Pasternack (North Brookfield, Mass.) sent a ball into the box that was headed home by classmate Lucia Pantuosco (Somers, Conn.) at the 10:23 mark to give Clark the early lead.
WPI evened the score a little more than three minutes later when Megan Forti (Lynn, Mass.) played a ball off of a Cougar defender and found herself one-on-one with Clark netminder Joanna Clark (Windham, Maine) who she beat to knot the score.
WPI would answer back after halftime when Engineer freshmen Kelly Ames (Glastonbury, Conn.) and Forti teamed up to even the score at 2-2 at the 60:10 mark.
Forti then assisted on Garza's game-winner at the 84:10.
WPI goalkeeper Maddie Willner (Penfield, N.Y.) made nine stops for the Engineers, while Clark turned back three shots for the Cougars.
The Scarlet and White have now dropped four of their last five matches and will host NEWMAC power Springfield on Tuesday before heading out on the road to Mount Holyoke and Wellesley to end the regular season.
The Engineers, meanwhile, host both Moun Holyoke and Wellesley before visiting Becker and Smith to end their regular season.