SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – The Clark University women's soccer team notched its first victory in the New England Collegiate Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) as the Cougars blanked Mount Holyoke College, 2-0, on the road on Tuesday afternoon.
Score: Cougars 3, Lyons 0
Records: Clark University (7-5-1, 1-3-1 NEWMAC) | Mount Holyoke (2-11-0, 0-6-0 NEWMAC)
How it Happened
The Cougars were operating at a high level on both ends of the field as the team registered a season-high 41 shots while holding the Lyons to just one shot of their own throughout the contest.
Clark struck for the go-ahead marker in the 14th minute of action when Taylor Barbieri (Glastonbury, Conn.) linked up with an uncontested Katie Barber (East Hampton, Mass.) as the senior sprinted through the middle of the box. Barber took advantage of the perfectly placed low-cross from Barbieri, burying her first goal of the season to the opening in the left side of the net.
The goal was the only one from the visitor in the opening half, but the Cougars controlled the ball exclusively in the attacking end of the field throughout the 45 minutes of play, firing off 25 shots in total during that time with sophomore Deanna D'Innocenzo (Medway, Mass.) leading the charge with five attempts. Maria-Lucia Delgado minimized the damage to just one goal for the host as the Mount Holyoke netminder turned away 11 shots in the first half.
Clark carried its momentum into the second half, doubling up the lead in the 65th minute following an elongated offensive possession from the Cougars. Caroline Wang (Rockville, Md.) started the play as the sophomore sent a pass into the box which was deflected into the air by a Lyons' defender. Instead of clearing the danger on the defensive effort, the ball rolled in front of the far-post where the speedy Inonge Kaloustian (Prince's George, Md.) won the foot race before ripping her fourth goal of the year to the net.
The Cougars tallied the final goal of the game in the 82nd minute with Maya Mashkuri (Montpelier, Vt.) responsible, as the senior worked around a defender in the right side of the box before lifting a shot onto the target despite a tough-angle. Delgado got a hand on it, but the ball escaped through her grasp and found a spot into the corner of the net for the 3-0 final score. The occasion marked the first time in the career of Mashkuri that the forward has scored a goal in back-to-back contests.
Sophomore netminder Morgan Small (Quakertown, Penn.) picked up her seventh shutout of the season during the victory, improving her record to 7-4-1 between the pipes. It marked the third time on the year Small earned the victory despite not needing to make a save.
Clark University kicks off a four-game homestand on Saturday, October 15 when it hosts Wheaton College for a 1:00 pm tilt in NEWMAC action.