Women's Soccer Halted by Cross-Town Rival Clark

Women's Soccer Halted by Cross-Town Rival Clark

WORCESTER, Mass. - Sophomore Maddie Fong (Norton, Mass.) recorded her first goal of the 2018 season for the Worcester State University women's soccer team, but the hosts from Clark University rallied with three second half goals to defeat the Lancers 3-1 in non-conference action at Granger Field on Saturday. Sarah Berube (Wilmington, Mass.), Bailey Glenn (Middleboro, Mass.), and Taylor Barbieri (Glastonbury, Conn.) all posted goals to lift the Cougars to their third victory of the season.

With the defeat, the Lancers drop to 1-3 on the season.

After a scoreless first 45 minutes of play the Lancers came out of the halftime break with some momentum. They got on the board five minutes into the second half when sophomore Talia Borci (Leicester, Mass.) fed the ball to her classmate Fong, who lifted the ball to the top right corner of the net over the outstretched hands of Clark goalkeeper Julianna Christy (Plainville, Conn.) for the 1-0 lead.

The Cougars found their spark after that and rallied off eight shots on net before they were awarded a penalty kick at the 27 minute mark. Berube lined up for the shot and found space at the bottom right corner to tie the game at 1-1.

Eight minutes later Clark took the lead when Barbieri crossed the ball to Glenn who was on the left post to knock it in.

With six minutes left on the clock, the Cougars added an insurance goal when Barbieiri collected a rebound and put the ball past the Worcester State goalkeeper to secure the 3-1 victory.

Christy earned her first victory of the season after making eight saves in 90 minutes of play. She is now 1-0 on the season. Worcester State's Jill Zinkus (Grafton, Mass.) falls to 1-2 on the season and made 11 saves in the setback.

-Clark outshot Worcester State 28-10 and 14-9 for shots on goal. The Cougars were awarded six corner kicks while the Lancers took zero.

Up next, Clark travels to Curry on Tuesday, September 11th for a 6:30 p.m. contest, while Worcester State heads to WPI on the same day for a game at 4 p.m.

Release courtesy of Clark University Sports Information.