Wellesley Downs Cougars in NEWMAC Battle

Wellesley Downs Cougars in NEWMAC Battle

THE BASICS

-Score: Wellesley College 2, Clark University 0

-Records: Clark University (6-6-2, NEWMAC 1-4-2), Wellesley College (5-8-2, NEWMAC 4-4)

-Location: Worcester, Mass. (Granger Soccer Complex)

-The Lead: The Clark University Women's Soccer team fell to the visiting Blue of Wellesley College 2-0 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on a cold Tuesday evening at the Granger Soccer Complex.

HOW IT HAPPENED

-The Blue got on the board first with a goal in the 8th minute of play as Kendall You Mak (San Francisco, Calif.) headed a ball to the bottom left of the net that was originally stopped by Clark goalkeeper, Julianna Christy (Plainville, Conn.). Deyanira Ibarra (Los Olivos, Calif.) recovered the rebound and put the ball just over the goal line for the 1-0 lead.

-The Cougars picked up the pace and with 30 minutes on the clock in the first half they saw a huge scoring opportunity as Alex Pariseau (Millbury, Mass.) fired a shot that went just wide-left of the net. Under ten minutes later Clark came charging at the goal once again and Taylor Barbieri (Glastonbury, Conn.) saw an opening at the lower left corner of the net but her shot just missed the post.

-Freshman Sarah Berube (Wilmington, Mass.) also saw a scoring opportunity for the home team and another hard shot to the left side was saved by the outstretched arms of Wellesley's sophomore goalkeeper Olivia Reckley (Grosse Ile, Mich.) to hold onto the 1-0 lead heading into the halftime break.

-The Cougars outshot The Blue 7-5 in the first half and held a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks before the break.

-Clark came out for the second half with even more offensive momentum. They started the half with a header from senior Emma Deneault (Holden, Mass.) that met Reckly's fingertips and the crossbar. The ball fell back into play and freshman Inonge Kaloustian (Bowie, Md.) was there for the rebound shot, but the shot was blocked by a Wellesley defender on the goal line.

-The Blue capitalized on a scoring opportunity in the 15th minute of play as they were awarded a free kick following a Clark foul at the top right of the 18-yard box. Gabriela Portilla (West Windsor, N.J.) lined up for the kick and powered the ball to the back of the Clark net for the 2-0 final victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

-Despite the loss the Cougars outshot Wellesley 11-6 and held a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks.

-Christy made three saves in net for the home team while Reckley posted five saves for Wellesley.

UP NEXT

-Clark University hosts Coast Guard Academy for a NEWMAC game at their annual Pink Game on Friday, October 20th at 7:00 p.m.

-Wellesley College is at WPI in NEWMAC action on Saturday, October 21st at 11:00 a.m.

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