-Score: Clark University 1, Smith College 0
-Records: Clark University (8-6-2, 4-4-2 NEWMAC), Smith College (6-10-1, 2-8-0 NEWMAC)
-Location: Northampton, Mass.
-The Lead: The Clark University women's soccer team shut out Smith College 1-0 on Saturday afternoon in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action. With the win the Cougars clinched a spot in the conference tournament.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-Clark got on the board in the 39th minute on an own goal by the Smith defense.
-Seniors Jorfan Isaacs (Weston, Conn.) and Kenza Mdarhri-Alaoui (Alexandria, Va.) each had opportunities late in the second-half to tie the game, but big plays by the Clark defense and goalkeeper preserved the shutout.
-Julianna Christy (Plainville, Conn.) was outstanding in net for Clark, registering 14 saves in the contest. Senior goalkeeper Shelby Hall (West Springfield, Mass.) stopped four shots for the Pioneers.
-Smith held the advantage in shots 21-5 and corners 9-4.
QUOTE FROM COACH BRIE SMITH
"It was a challenging one today but things went our way. That's the game sometimes. Julz was fantastic in net and Macy was at her best to keep Issacs off the board. We really owe it to them today. They did what they needed to do and we got a little lucky too. This team belongs in the post season no question about it. Tuesday we get a chance to redeem ourselves and prove that we belong. I am thrilled for them, especially for our seniors."
-Clark is headed into NEWMAC tournament play. They will travel to Babson College on Tuesday, Oct. 31st at 2:30 p.m. for the NEWMAC Quarterfinals.