Babson Park, Mass. – The Clark University offense erupted for three goals in a ten minute span and the visiting Cougars posted a much-needed 4-1 win over Babson College in New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's soccer action on Saturday afternoon.
Score: Clark University 4, Babson College 1
Records: Clark University 8-5-1 (2-4 NEWMAC); Babson College 7-5-2 (4-3 NEWMAC)
Location: Hartwell-Rogers Field, Babson Park, Mass.
How It Happened:
The Green and White dominated the early portion of the game but were unable to get on the board. Marissa Endow (Worcester, Mass.) hit the crossbar in the fifth minute and Fernandes had her shot from the center of the box cleared off the line by Clark back Rylee Simons (Weston, Fla.) at the 29 minute mark.
The Cougars took advantage of their good fortune less than a minute later when Kara Fischer (Belmont, Mass.) notched the first of her two markers. Babson goalkeeper Maddison Gierschick (Hopkinton, Mass.) came out to play the ball at the top of the box, but it deflected off a defender right to Fischer, who chipped a shot into the open net for a 1-0 lead.
Emma Deneault (Holden, Mass.) picked up her second goal of the year she drilled home the rebound of a Hannah Crook (Darnestown, Md.) free kick that Gierschick punched off the crossbar in the 35th minute for a 2-0 advantage.
Crook was also involved in Clark's third goal in the 40th minute as Fischer headed home her corner kick to give the visitors a 3-0 lead at the break.
Babson pulled one back when Fernandes notched her team-leading seventh tally of the year in the 73rd minute.
The Cougars responded though, as Erika Palacios (San Antonio, Texas) beat a pair of defenders before calmly burying a shot from the center of the box to make it 4-1 in the 84th minute.
Gierschick made three saves in 45 minutes of action for the Green and White, while Clark first-year goalkeeper Julianna Christy (Plainville, Conn.) turned away five shots in the win.
"This is a big win for us and it comes at a critical point so it was fun to see the team have success and be rewarded for their efforts," said Clark head coach Brie Smith. "Scoring four goals against a very strong Babson defense should give us some confidence heading into next week."
Inside The Numbers:
Babson actually held a 15-8 edge in shots and a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks. Clark was able to take advantage of their opportunities, scoring a goal on half of their shot attempts and getting a goal on their lone corner kick.
The Cougars return to action with another league road contest. They travel to Wellesley for a 4:00 p.m. showdown with the Blue.