-The Score: Clark University 3, Emerson College 1
-Records: Clark University (8-6-2, NEWMAC 3-4-2), Emerson College (3-9-3, NEWMAC 3-6)
-Location: Worcester, Mass. (Granger Athletic Complex)
-The Lead: The Clark University women's soccer team picked up a huge 3-1 victory over New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference opponent, Emerson College on Wednesday evening. First year Danielle Black (Middleboro, Mass.) lifted the Cougars to victory with two goals on the night.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-The Cougars and Lions battled hard over the first 45 minutes of play and headed into the halftime break tied 0-0. Clark had many scoring opportunities in the first half, outshooting the visitors 9-1. Emerson's goalkeeper, senior Laura Gartelman (Hamburg, N.Y.) kept Clark off the board with five saves in the stanza. Emma Deneault (Holden, Mass.) and Taylor Barbieri (Glastonbury, Conn.) put Gartelman to the test with two shots each.
-Eight minutes into the second half the Cougars almost put the ball away on a shot from Deanna D'Innocenzo (Medway, Mass.) that was blocked by an Emerson defender. The play was stopped short as a foul was called on Clark.
-The Cougars broke the silence with 24:17 on the clock. They were awarded a free kick right outside the 18-yard box following a foul by the Lions. Freshman Danielle Black (Middleboro, Mass.) lined up for the kick and put the ball up and over Gartleman's fingertips for the 1-0 lead.
-Clark added another goal seven minutes later on a strike from Bailey Glenn (Middleboro, Mass.). Freshman Inonge Kaloustian (Bowie, Md.) took the initial shot that ricocheted off the cross bar and fell at the feet of Glenn who wound up and shot the ball to the low left side for the 2-0 lead.
-The Cougars notched an insurance goal with 4:25 to play on another goal from Black. Junior Macy Golman (Dallas, Texas) took a corner kick that floated right to Black who wound up and put the ball to the back of the net for the 3-0 lead.
-The Lions ended Clark's shutout bid with just 1:10 to play. A scuffle in front of the net resulted in the ball slipping past Cougar goalkeeper Julianna Christy (Plainville, Conn.) off of the foot of Jess Frost (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.). This was as close as they would come as the Cougars took the ultimate 3-1 NEWMAC victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Clark outshot Emerson 19 to eight and were awarded eight corner kicks to the visitor's three.
-Christy made four saves in the victory and improves to 4-5-2 this season. Gartleman made seven saves in the loss for Emerson and falls to 1-82 on the season
QUOTE FROM COACH BRIE SMITH
"Another great team effort to keep our season alive. We battled for a full 90 minutes and did what we needed to do. Our back line was awesome and once again we got some of our best minutes off the bench. This team is determined to do everything they can to make the post season and tonight it really showed"
-Clark travels to Smith College on Saturday, October 28th for 2:00 p.m. NEWMAC battle.
-Emerson hosts MIT in NEWMAC action on the same day at 4:00 p.m.