-Score: Clark University 2, Smith College 0
-Records: Clark (9-7-1, NEWMAC 4-6), Smith (8-10, NEWMAC 3-7)
-Location: Worcester, Mass. (Granger Field)
-The Lead: The Clark University women's soccer team battled through 90 minutes of New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference play with the Pioneers of Smith College to take home a 2-0 victory. Before the game Clark recognized the women's soccer class of 2018 who were competing in their final regular season home game: Rylee Simons (Weston, Fla.), Eliza Meltzer (Framingham, Mass.), Macy Golman (Dallas, Texas), and Alex Pariseau (Millbury, Mass.).
HOW IT HAPPENED
-Clark held an offensive advantage throughout the first 45 minutes of play, out shooting the Pioneers 12-3. The hosts saw their first bid at a goal with 24:45 on the clock when sophomore Danielle Black (Middleboro, Mass.) one-timed a shot that ricocheted off the cross bar and landed just in front of the goal line for a Smith defender to sweep out.
-With 7:57 on the clock junior Meghan Morocco (Swampscott, Mass.) launched a shot that was saved by the outstretched hands of Smith goalkeeper, Naomi Falkenberg (Sutton, Mass.), and tipped up and over the crossbar. Golman took the corner kick that followed and sent a long ball to first year Jamie Joseph (Cazenovia, N.Y.) who was on the left post to head in her third goal of the season.
-Smith saw their best chance with under 40 seconds to play, but the opportunity was stopped short on an offsides offense. The Cougars took the 1-0 lead into the halftime break.
-With just over one minute remaining in the game the Cougars were awarded a free kick following a Smith foul. Sophomore Sarah Berube (Wilmington, Mass.) lined up for the shot from 40 yards out and lifted the ball over the fingertips of Falkenberg and landed behind the goal line to give the Cougars the 2-0 lead and ultimate 2-0 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Clark outshout Smith 16-9 (7-6 shots on goal) and held an 8-5 advantage in corner kicks.
-Falkenberg made five saves in the setback as she falls to 8-10 this season.
-Junior Julianna Christy (Plainville, Conn.) made six saves in the shutout and improves to 3-5 this season.
QUOTE FROM GOLMAN
"This team played out of their minds and it was a great true team effort to get the win tonight. The energy was insane both on and off the field and it could not have been a better finish to the end of our regular season"
-Tonight's win keeps Clark alive in a bid for postseason play.