WORCESTER, Mass. - Two first half goals carried the Clark University women's soccer team to victory over the Lyons of Mount Holyoke College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Tuesday afternoon. The Cougars are now 8-3-1 and 3-2-0 in conference play. MHC slips to 3-8-1 with a 1-5-0 NEWMAC mark.
Just over two minutes into the first half the Cougars got on the board. Sophomore Inonge Kaloustian (Bowie, Md.) broke away from the Lyon's defense up the middle and dished the ball to her classmate Deanna D'Innocenzo (Medway, Mass.) on the left side of the box; D'Innocenzo ripped a shot into the left corner for the 1-0 lead.
With 20 minutes to play in the first half the hosts struck again. D'Innocenzo carried the ball to the top left of the box and found junior Megan Marocco (Swampscott, Mass.) inside who dodged a defender and finished to the right side for the 2-0 advatange.
Mount Holyoke saw their closest bid for a goal with 24 minutes on the clock in the second half. Minerva Veeser-Bobea (Arlington, Mass.) broke away with the ball and snuck by Clark freshman goalkeeper, Morgan Small (Quakertown, Penn.) who came charging out of the net, but her shot went wide right as the Cougars held onto the shutout.
Clark outshot the Lyons 18-2 (12-1 shots on goal). In goal, Small made one save in net and improves to 2-0 on the season. Senior Amanda Manaster (Beverly Hills, Calif.) made 10 saves in the setback for the Lyons and falls to 3-7 this season.
Clark travels to Wheaton on Saturday, October 13th for more NEWMAC action at 1:00 p.m. Mount Holyoke is back in Worcester, Mass. on Saturday when they play at WPI in a conference match-up at 1:00 p.m.