Worcester, Mass. – Junior Molly Meehan (Scotch Plains, N.J.) scored the game's lone goal in the 55th minute, lifting host Clark to a thrilling 1-0 win over No. 19 Wheaton College on Saturday afternoon in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference women's soccer action.
The win for the Cougars' snaps the Lyons' season-opening nine-game unbeaten streak and marks their first goal against Wheaton since 2005.
Meehan's goal was also the first score the Lyons have allowed since September 12 – a span of four games.
The shutout loss for Wheaton was their first since 2008 to Springfield and is just their second loss on the road in regular season NEWMAC play since 2007.
Both teams had excellent scoring opportunities in the first half but neither could convert. Off of a corner kick, Wheaton's Nicole Sherman (Wilton, Conn.) had a point blank shot that was turned away by Joanna Clark (Windham, Maine) and then Alessia Viscomi's (Newton, Mass.) attempt on the rebound went high over the crossbar.
The Cougars' opportunity came via freshman Lucia Pantuosco (Somers, Conn.) who had a shot from within the box but her shot was stopped by Kerry Condon (Whitman, Mass.) with less than two minutes remaining in the half.
Meehan's goal came following an outstanding play by Janelle Pasternack (North Brookfield, Mass.) in the midfield. With a Wheaton player on the attack up the right sideline, Pasternack stole the ball and dribbled down the field before sending a perfect ball to the middle that Meehan deposited over Condon's outstretched arms in the upper right corner.
Joanna Clark turned back four shots to collect the shutout – her third of the season and the 23rd of her career.
Now at 4-4 overall and 1-1 in league play, Clark also snapped its own three-game slide, while the Lyons fall to 8-1-1, 1-1 in NEWMAC play.
The Cougars return to the field on Thursday when they play another regional power – Western Connecticut beginning at 6:00 p.m., while Wheaton will visit Lesley on Thursday as well.