Worcester, Mass. – A pair of freshmen found the back of the net and the Clark University women's soccer team eclipsed their win total from last season with a 2-0 win over Newbury College in non-league women's soccer action on a rainy Tuesday afternoon.
Score: Clark University 2, Newbury College 0
Records: Clark 3-0-0, Newbury 0-2-0
Location: Granger Soccer Field, Worcester, Mass.
How It Happened:
After a scoreless first half dominated by Clark, the Scarlet and White finally broke through in the 54th minute when first-year Hannah Crook (Darnestown, Md.) got control of a loose ball and lofted her shot over the outstretched arms of Nighthawk netminder Noelle Sass (Randolph, Mass.).
Clark doubled its lead less than 20 minutes later when Crook and Grace McElroy-Howard (Watertown, Mass.) played a ball through from the rightside to Bailey Glenn (Middleboro, Mass.) who deposited her first collegiate score into the back of the net at 71:39.
Crook finished the afternoon with a goal and an assist to lead the Clark offensive output and finished with a game-high eight shots.
Sara Conroy (Clifton Park, N.Y.) was in the middle of a lot of the action all afternoon from her spot on the right flank. She consistently attacked the Newbury defenders creating shots for several teammates.
The Clark offense peppered Sass all afternoon but she was up for the task on numerous occasions, making 11 saves, keeping the Nighthawks within striking distance until late in the contest.
What Smith Said:
"I thought we moved the ball well tonight and we just struggled to finish," said head coach Brie Smith. "I was thrilled to see two first years score goals and both first year goalkeepers combine for our first shutout of the season."
What Else Happened:
Reigning NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Week Julianna Christy (Plainville, Mass.) and freshman Alison Carroll (Douglas, Mass.) combined for the shutout. They needed to do very little work as Newbury only mustered three shots all afternoon – two of which were on goal and they were both stopped by Christy.
The Cougars put their unblemished record on the line on Saturday when they play host to city rival Worcester State at 12:00 p.m.