WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior Maya Mashkuri (Montpelier, VT.) headed home the eventual game-winning goal and added an assist to propel Clark University in a 3-0 non-conference victory against Curry College at Granger Field on Thursday night.
Score: Cougars 3, Colonels 0
Records: Clark University (6-5-1) | Curry College (6-7-0)
How it Happened
Curry College opened up the night by firing off a good look in the first eight seconds of play as Madison Conway sent her attempt sailing to the right of the post. The Cougars defense, as it has done throughout the year, minimized the damage from the visitors.
In the 25th minute, Clark withstood a trio of shots from the Colonels, with two saves by goalkeeper Morgan Small (Quakertown, Penn.) bookending a defensive stop from junior Carly Bernstein (Storrs, Conn.).
The Cougars used that defensive stand to generate momentum on the other end and score the game's first goal, grabbing the lead in the 26th minute as Sarah Berube (Wilmington, Mass.) delivered a cross to the weak-side of the Colonels defense to the left post. Mashkuri converted on the chance, using the header to tuck the ball into the top of the net for her second goal of the season.
The Cougars doubled up the lead just before the halftime break when Jamie Joseph (Cazenovia, N.Y.) sparked another nicely executed counter-attack, connecting with Inonge Kaloustian (Prince's George County, MD.) on a long through ball to the opposite side of the pitch with Kaloustian pushing the ball the remaining 40 yards before tallying her third goal of the season.
In the 51st minute, Mashkuri nearly had her second goal of the game by use of the header as the senior received a cross inside the box from Lila McNamee (Cheshire, Conn.), with the shot attempt soaring just outside the left post.
But Mashkuri wasn't done impacting the game as the senior helped the Cougars increase their advantage, 3-0, evading a Colonels' defender to get into the box and force netminder Oliver Hutchinson to commit. Mashkuri opted to pass, linking up with McNamee up-close for the easy marker to give the 3-0 final score.
Small logged her sixth clean sheet of the season between the pipes to increase her season record to 6-4, with the sophomore recording a career-high 11 saves in the process to shut down the Curry offense.
The Cougars were firing on all cylinders from the attacking side of the field throughout the game as the host led the shot total by a 22-11 margin while leading corner opportunities, 6-2.
Clark University jumps back into the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) slate on October 15 when it heads to Mount Holyoke for a 1:00 pm tilt.