Worcester, MA --- Visiting WPI extended its unbeaten streak to four straight games and in the process secured one of the seven spots in the upcoming New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's soccer tournament with a convincing 3-0 win over crosstown rival Clark University on Tuesday evening.
The Engineers improve to 7-6-4 overall and more importantly jump to 4-2-3 in conference contests keeping alive the chance that they could host a quarterfinal contest on Tuesday, November 4.
For the Cougars, the loss is their third straight and drops their overall record to 2-15 and 1-8 in league games.
WPI opened up this contest with a great scoring chance in the 12th minute when a foul was called inside the box and a penalty kick was awarded. Janine Fatal (Amesbury, MA) however, saw her attempt sail wide left at 11:17.
The Crimson and Gray broke through when Emily Doherty (Shrewsbury, MA) sent a ball towards the box that Sophie Gomarlo (Swanzey, NH) touched over to Jaime Espinola (Greensboro, NC). Espinola then snuck a shot past Gabby Paolini (North Potomac, MD) that banged off the right post and into the net at 39:06.
WPI doubled its lead early in the second half when Doherty gained control of the ball at the center circle and sent an excellent pass up the right flank to a streaking Emma Turton (Mechanic Falls, ME) who took a few touches, cut in at the top of the box and sent a shot into the upper right corner for her sixth goal of the season.
Clark had a fantastic opportunity to cut the lead in half when Nikki Feinberg (San Antonio, TX) let go a cross that went from right to left, curving towards the post that was just a hair too far for the sliding foot of Charlotte Mays (Melrose, MA).
The Engineers wrapped up the scoring when Doherty sent a cross that banged off a Cougar defender and into the back of the net in the 84th minute.
WPI held a 25-7 edge in shots but the Cougars were ahead in corner kicks (10-2).
Paolini turned back eight shots for the Scarlet and White, while her counterpart Abby Teliska(LaGrangeville, NY) only needed to make one save to record her third shutout of the season.
Clark will wrap up its 2014 season on Saturday with a road trip to Emerson, while the Engineers host Mount Holyoke on Saturday as well.
Releases Courtesy Clark Sports Information
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