WORCESTER, Mass. – The Clark University women's soccer team dropped a closely-contested battle in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) on Saturday as Coast Guard Academy used a strong second half to rise to a 2-0 victory at Granger Field.
Score: Bears 2, Cougars 0
Records: Clark University (8-7-1, 2-5-1 NEWMAC) | Coast Guard Academy (7-9-1, 5-3-1 NEWMAC)
How it Happened
The teams came out with an emphasis on defense as the strikers from both sides had trouble firing off a good look to the target. As a result, neither team was able to register a chance on goal through the opening 45 minutes with the Cougars leading a 5-2 shot total during that time.
Clark University broke the theme early in the second half as Taylor Barbieri (Glastonbury, Conn.) found the space in the 49th minute, unleashing a shot toward the net that was corralled by Bears' netminder Sarah Schollenbeger.
Coast Guard gained the advantage shortly after the look from Barbieri. Anna Carleton tapped a through ball into the box from just outside of it to Claire Hurley who, with a defender close behind, re-directed the ball to the roof of the net for the 1-0 lead.
The Cougars looked to knot up the score quickly after, starting just 30 seconds later as senior Maya Mashkuri (Montpelier, Vt.) lined up for a shot at the top-ninety of the box with her attempt sailing into the arms of Schollenberger. Barbieri fired off her second shot on goal for the game in the 61st minute, with her attempt also being saved.
With the teams battling at the center of the pitch, Coast Guard grabbed a much-welcomed insurance marker in the 79th minute off a strike from Brielle Pearce. The goal was set-up by Kat Retz who sent a pass from the center circle to Pearce in open-field who then chipped in a chance inside the box for the 2-0 score.
Clark University managed three shots down the stretch - two of which coming from Caroline Wang (Rockville, Md.) - but the Coast Guard defense held firm to hold onto the 2-0 final.
First-year Lila McNamee (Cheshire, Conn.) paced the Cougars on the day with three shots while junior Inonge Kaloustian (Prince George's County, Md.) finished as one of four from the team with two shots.
Clark University hosts its final home game of the regular season on October 29 when it welcomes Emerson College for a battle in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) at 7:00 pm.