Springfield, Mass. - October 15, 2013 - The Springfield College women's soccer team used two first half goals to shutout visiting Clark, 2-0 on Tuesday in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play.
Springfield climbs to 8-4-1 overall and 4-1-1 in NEWMAC play with the win while Clark drops to 4-9 (1-4, NEWMAC).
Breena Salwocki (Newington, Conn.) got Springfield on the board in the 28th minute for a 1-0 lead. Nicole Fowler (Maynard, Mass.) dribbled the ball down the left wing towards the center of the field. She passed the ball across the middle just outside the box to Salwocki who took a couple of touches and slotted it past the Clark keeper.
Sara Dalton (Schenectady, N.Y.) notched an insurance goal in the 34th minute, assisted by Brianna Messier (Hopedale, Mass.). The Pride went the length of the field, and Messier found Dalton on the edge of the box. A nice touch by Dalton turned her past the defender, allowing her to tap it in for an easy finish with her right foot to give the Pride a 2-0 advantage before halftime.
The Springfield defense played strong down the stretch, holding Clark scoreless for the full 90 minutes. The Pride outshot Clark, 10-3. Sarah Myers (Bridgewater, Mass.) made one save in goal for Springfield to earn the win. Clark's Gabby Paolini (North Potomac, Md.) finished with four saves.
Springfield will host Emerson on Saturday in a conference clash at 1:00 p.m. Clark is in action again on Saturday, hosting Babson at 1:00 p.m.