Carroll Grabs Nine Saves in 0-0 Draw with Gulls

Carroll Grabs Nine Saves in 0-0 Draw with Gulls

THE BASICS

-Score: Clark University 0, Endicott College 0 - 2OT

-Records: Clark (2-0-1), Endicott (1-1-1)

-Location: Worcester, Mass. (Granger Field)

-The Lead: The Clark University women's soccer team and the Gulls of Endicott College proved to be well-matched teams in their first ever meeting in program history. The two evenly matched teams competed for 90 minutes of regulation and two 10 minute overtime periods before settling for a 0-0 draw.

HOW IT HAPPENED

FIRST HALF

-The first half was a battle at both ends of the field with both defensive ends holding strong on the offensive pressure to keep the game tied at 0-0 after the first 45 minutes of play.

-At the 11:42 mark the Gulls almost capitalized on a corner kick opportunity. A long ball to the middle was headed by junior Catherine Elkas (Holden, Mass.) and it went just wide-left of the net.

-With under six minutes to play, following a penalty on the visitors, Clark lined up for a kick at the top right of the box. Freshman Haley Berkowitz (West Hartford, Conn.) lift the ball to the far left post where sophomore Sarah Berube (Wilmington, Mass.) was there to tip it into the corner, but Endicott goalkeeper, Kayla Wentworth (Taunton, Mass.) was there to scoop it up.

-When the clock ticked to just under two minutes, Clark freshman, Kaela Munoz (Attleboro, Mass.) broke away with the ball from the middle of the field. Munoz found junior Bailey Glenn (Middleboro, Mass.) on the left side who dished the ball back to Munoz. Munoz got a foot on the ball but the shot was deflected by a Gull's defender and saved by Wentworth.

SECOND HALF

-The cougars came out of halftime strong. Just six minutes into the second half Clark had a goal called back on an offside's offense. After a scuffle just outside the box sophomore Abby Souza (Hope, R.I.) collected the ball in the middle and dished it off to junior Maya Mashkuri (Montpelier, Vt.) who placed the ball in the left side of the net. The whistle calling the goal back left the score at 0-0.

-Just two minutes later the Gulls came flying down the field into Clark's defensive end. Elkas saw an open net on the left side but her shot went just wide of the post.

-Endicott kept the pressure on but Alison Carroll (Douglas, Mass.) came up with a pair of saves to keep the game at 0-0. With 30 minutes on the clock junior Hannah Pesci (Windham, N.H.) wound up for a shot but the legs of Caroll came flying out of the net to make a huge stop and earn her sixth save of the night.

-With 25 minutes on the clock sophomore Inonge Kaloustian  (Bowie, Md.) found her teammate Taylor Barbieri (Glastonbury, Conn.) at the top of the box; Barbieri lifted a shot just over the crossbar as the score held at 0-0.

-The back and forth play continued through the remainder of regulation as the teams both headed into overtime

OVERTIME

-After the first ten minutes of overtime the score remained tied after Carroll made two saves to force a second overtime period.

-Under two minutes into the second overtime Carroll made a huge diving save to her right side and knocked a ball out to secure the tie. After eight more minutes of scoreless play the Cougars and the Gulls settled at a 0-0 final draw.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

-Through regulation, Clark held a slim 12-11 advantage in shots, with both squads putting six on goal. The Gulls would seize all offensive momentum in the two overtime periods, out-shooting the Cougars 9-0 in the extra 20 minutes of play. Three of those shots were on goal but could not find the back of the net. Endicott earned all three corners that were awarded in the contest.

-Carroll made an impressive nine saves in net for Clark and moves to 2-0-1 on the season.

-Wentworth made six saves in goal for the Gulls.

QUOTE FROM HEAD COACH BRIE SMITH

"This was our first real challenge and we really battled. I am proud of the heart and grit we showed. We have some things to work on but overall I'm pleased with our effort".

UP NEXT

-Clark is back home on Saturday, September 8th when they host cross-town rival Worcester St. at 11:00 a.m.

-Endicott plays host to Springfield on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

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