SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. - It was a defensive battle as the Clark University and Mount Holyoke College soccer teams posted a 0-0 double-overtime draw in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Tuesday evening. With the tie, the Lyons move to 2-9-2 with an 0-5-1 conference mark, while the Cougars are now 6-4-2 and 1-2-2 in the NEWMAC.
The opening half saw the Cougars post the best opportunity as sophomore midfielder Katie Barber (East Hampton, Conn./East Hampton) unleashed a shot that clipped the crossbar. As the ball redirected straight down, Lyons keeper Amanada Manaster (Beverly Hills, Calif./Beverly Hills) was able to cover it up and keep the scoreboard clean.
In the second half, Manaster continued to hold strong in the MHC net, including critical saves off shots from first years Taylor Barbieri (Glatonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) and Danielle Black (Middleboro, Mass./Milton Academy).
The homestanding Lyons saw their best chance come in the opening of the overtime period as senior Sara Sanaú Ruiz (Zaragoza, Spain/P.P. Dominicos - Cardenal Xavierre) navigated into the box and fired a hard shot on sophomore goalie Julianna Christy (Plainville, Conn./Plainville), who was able to make the quick save.
Clark nearly capitalized in the second overtime as junior Macy Golman (Dallas, Texas/Yavneh Academy) hammered a bulleted shot toward the left corner of the net. Manaster was able to make a diving save to punch the ball out.
The visitors owned a 7-0 shot advantage through the final stanza, but Manaster held strong with a 17-save effort on the evening, including five in the first, seven in the second, two in the first overtime and three over the final 10 minutes.
Christy paced the Cougars in goal, recording two stops in the draw. For the game, the Cougars owned a 7-0 edge in corner kicks.
Mount Holyoke is back in action on Saturday, hosting WPI at 2pm. Clark is also in action on Saturday, hosting Wheaton at 1pm.