WORCESTER, Mass. – Clark University sophomore Jamie Joseph (Cazenovia, N.Y.) provided the difference in the 43rd minute and the Cougars held on, taking a 1-0 victory against Wellesley in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tilt on a rainy Tuesday night at Granger Field.
Score: Cougars 1, Blue 0
Records: Clark University (8-6-1, 2-4-1 NEWMAC) | Wellesley College (4-11, 1-7-0 NEWMAC)
How it Happened
The Cougars were able to control the ball in the attacking end during the opening 45 minutes of play, with the host taking 12 shots during that time to set the tone for the game. Clark went onto control the shot total by an 18-4 margin during the NEWMAC showdown.
The Scarlett and White nearly grabbed the lead in the 13th minute of play as Sarah Berube (Wilmington, Mass.) delivered a corner-entry pass to the right-post where Joseph connected with the header. The shot from the sophomore was struck well but ricocheted off the crossbar to keep it scoreless.
With seven minutes left in the opening half, the Cougars had another golden-opportunity as Inonge Kaloustian (Prince's George County, Md.) galloped down the sidelines for a one-on-one opportunity with Wellesley netminder Kendall Lincoln. Kaloustian fired a shot with her right foot from just outside the box, but Lincoln made the sprawling save to keep the host off the board.
With just 2:10 left in the half, the Cougars were able to break through for the eventual game-winning goal with Joseph collecting her fifth career marker. Joseph, who received a corner-entry pass from Berube, made the adjustment from earlier in the game with the sophomore tucking in her header under the crossbar for the 1-0 advantage.
Wellesley was able to gather momentum offensively during the second half as the Blue fired all four of their shots for the game during the final 45 minutes. But the Cougars defense, along with sophomore Morgan Small (Quakertown, Penn.) in net, withstood the limited-chances from the Blue and built upon the first half theme with the host controlling possession. Clark held onto the 1-0 margin en route to a crucial NEWMAC victory.
Small continued her string of shutouts for the Cougars as the netminder stonewalled all three shots on goal faced to pick up her eighth clean sheet of the season. With the win, she improves her season record to 8-5-1.
Clark University continues the final stretch of NEWMAC contests as the Cougars entertain Coast Guard Academy on October 26 at 1:00 pm.