WORCESTER, Mass. – The Clark University women's soccer team earned a comeback victory Tuesday as senior captain Megan Marocco (Swampscott, Mass.) delivered the game-winning goal in the 103rd minute, lifting the Cougars to a 2-1 double overtime result over Emerson in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tilt at Granger Field.
Score: Cougars 2, Lions 1 (2OT)
Records: Clark University (9-7-1, 3-5-1 NEWMAC) | Emerson College (10-4-2, 5-1-2 NEWMAC)
How it Happened
Emerson grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the seventh minute as Grace Cosgrove maneuvered downfield after a pass from Sage Stack, with Cosgrove rifling a shot from just outside the box and into the top-right corner out of the diving leap of Morgan Small (Quakertown, Pa.) in the Cougars' net.
The Lions pressured through the remainder of the half with a shot on goal and a pair of corner kicks, but the defense of the host held firm to keep the deficit at just one goal.
Clark University regrouped offensively following the halftime intermission, and the result was instant as the team leveled the score just six minutes into the period. Junior Inonge Kaloustian (Prince George's County, Md.) was responsible as the forward notched her fifth goal of the season, heading home a cross to the near-post from first-year Emma Tziachris (Cumberland, R.I.).
The Cougars quickly followed up as a shot from Maya Mashkuri (Montpelier, Vt.) was corralled by Emerson netminder Megan Rose. The team carried the momentum throughout much of the half, firing off seven shots over the next 26 minutes without a response from the opponent.
Clark University kept pushing down the stretch, with Siobhan Lounsbury (Southbury, Conn.) finding the crossbar with her shot in the 78th minute before Kaloustian forced Rose to make one last stop with two seconds remaining in regulation.
The teams battled to a scoreless first overtime with only the Lions able to get a shot on target throughout the ten-minute session.
But Clark University wouldn't be denied during the second overtime period, as Mashkuri laid off a pass to Marocco cutting inside the box. Marocco settled the ball and sniped her attempt to the back of the net to record her first goal of the season for the dramatic 2-1 victory.
Small earned the victory in net as the goalkeeper turned aside three of the four shots sent on goal throughout the game by the Lions.
The Cougars eclipsed Emerson on the shot chart by an 18-7 margin, with 13 of those coming in a fiery second half. The teams were deadlocked in corner kicks at five apiece.
Clark University heads into the final matchup of the 2019-20 regular season when it travels to Smith College for a NEWMAC bout on November 2 at 1:00 pm.