Worcester, Mass. – For the second time in their last three contests, Clark University was stunned by a last minute goal in a 1-0 loss, this time it was on the road at NEWMAC rival Mount Holyoke on Wednesday evening.
Score: Mount Holyoke 1, Clark University 0
Records: Mount Holyoke (6-5, 1-3 NEWMAC); Clark University (7-3-1, 1-2 NEWMAC)
Location: Mount Holyoke Tennis Courts, South Hadley, Mass.
How It Happened:
Sara Sanaú Ruiz netted the game's lone goal in the 81st minute as the Lyons won their third straight one goal contest over the Cougars. In each of the last two 1-0 wins for Mount Holyoke over Clark it was Sanaú Ruiz who provided the difference.
After a scoreless first 80 minutes, Suz Rose swiped the ball at midfield then launched the ball forward to Sanaú Ruiz in what seemed like an errant pass. Sanau Ruiz chased it down and found herself in a breakaway situation. She dribbled three times before firing a shot off from the right side of the box past a diving Julianna Christy (Plainville, Conn.).
Clark tried to gain the equalizer, but the Lyons' defense held strong, allowing just one attempt by first year forward Hannah Crook (Darnestown, Md.) that caromed a foot wide of the right post in the 85th minute.
Neither team was able to convert through the opening 45 minutes of the match, but the Cougars carried much of the momentum with an 8-3 advantage in shots to go along with a 4-1 clip in corner kicks.
Clark's best attempt came in the 20th minute when Kara Fischer (Belmont, Mass.) knocked the ball over the defense to a streaking Erika Palacios (San Antonio, Texas). The first year forward struck the ball from the top of the box, but Lyons keeper Zoe Marshall was there to make the diving save.
Marshall earned the victory for the Lyons, notching nine saves, while Christy shouldered the loss for the Cougars with a four-stop effort.
Clark will host MIT in a crucial NEWMAC contest on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Fans and supporters are encouraged to wear pink as part of the program's Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Game.