WSOC: Smith Edges Cougars, 3-2, in Season Finale

WSOC: Smith Edges Cougars, 3-2, in Season Finale

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – Clark University women's soccer were knocked out of playoff contention after falling to Smith College, 3-2, in a hard-fought battle in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) bout on Saturday afternoon.

The Basics

Score: Pioneers 3, Cougars 2

Records: Clark University (9-8-1, 3-6-1 NEWMAC) | Smith College (8-9-1, 4-6-0 NEWMAC)

How it Happened

Both offenses came to play in the regular season finale as the Cougars struck twice in the opening half before the Pioneers matched the output to close out the contest. Smith College edged the Cougars in shots, 11-9, throughout the NEWMAC matchup.

Smith College grabbed a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute of play as Reilly Sullivan registered the opening goal, finding the net following a feed from Peyton McBride.

The offense of Clark University was contained for much of the first half, firing off just one shot until leveling the score at one apiece in the 37th minute.

Clark University responded before the end of the half, finding the net twice as Siobhan Lounsbury (Southbury, Conn.) buried her first collegiate marker, converting on an assist from Mia Advocate (Merrick, N.Y.).

Advocate remained in a groove for the remaining time in the half as the sophomore put the Cougars ahead, 2-1, in the 41st minute when she found twine for her fifth career goal and third marker of the year.

Following the intermission, the Pioneers mounted pressure offensively which resulted in a pair of goals of their own to swing momentum over to their side. In the 62nd minute, the Pioneers pulled even as Natalie Dionne scored a goal off a feed from Sullivan. Smith College net the game-winner in the 84th minute as Etienne Oliver ripped an unassisted marker to edge the Cougars with the 3-2 final