Worcester, Mass. – Host Clark University used the first collegiate goals from a pair of freshmen and the Cougars surpassed their win total from the past two seasons combined with a 2-0 win over Southern Vermont in non-league women's soccer action on Wednesday afternoon.
Score: Clark University 2, Southern Vermont 0
Records: Clark University 5-1-1, Southern Vermont 3-4-1
Location: Granger Soccer Turf, Worcester, Mass.
How It Happened:
After controlling the ball the entire first half, the Cougars didn't break through until the waning moments of the period when Megan Morocco (Swampscott, Mass.) sent an excellent ball through the Mountaineer defense to a streaking Erika Palacios (San Antonio, Texas) that she deposited into the right corner of the goal.
Clark added a second tally late in the second half when Morocco battled off a few defenders and sent a low rolling shot past a diving Melissa Mascari (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.).
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The Cougars peppered Mascari all afternoon long, firing 34 shots, including 19 on goal. She was spectacular, making several highlight reel saves, including denying Fischer on back-to-back attempts in the tenth minute on her way to 17 stops in all.
Clark's Julianna Christy (Plainville, Conn.) was barely tested by Southern Vermont as she turned aside both shots she faced to earn the victory – the second shutout of her career.
In addition to holding a 34-2 edge in shots, the Scarlet and White also had a 9-0 advantage in corner kicks.
"We played high quality soccer today but really struggled to convert," said Clark head coach Brienne Smith. "Overall it was a solid team effort and we will keep working to get better every time we step on the field."
The Cougars are in action on Saturday when they jump back into league play with a home contest against Coast Guard. First touch is slated for 2:30 p.m.