CLARK TOPS TUFTS IN ECAC NEW ENGLAND QUARTERFINAL, 2-1

ECAC NEW ENGLAND DIV. III WOMEN'S SOCCER TOURNAMENT FINAL SCORE
Clark 2    Tufts 1

at Medford
Wednesday, November 3, 1999

Clark (12-5-2)   0   2   =   2
Tufts (9-5-1)   0   1   =   1

SCORING: C, Krystal Parrella (Margaret McGeown) 45:48; C, Brienne Smith (Katie Brothers) 55:21; T, Lynn Cooper (Amanda Nagler) 63:17.

SAVES: C, Alyson Parrish 8; T, Randee McArdle 4.

CORNER KICKS: C, 3; T, 7.

SHOTS: C, 9; T, 19.

MEDFORD -- The visiting Clark Cougars scored twice within 10 minutes early in the second half to build a 2-0 lead, and it stood up for a 2-1 victory over the Tufts Jumbos in the quarterfinal round of the 1999 ECAC New England Division III women's soccer tournament.

Fifth seed Clark (12-5-2) moves on to play top seed Wheaton (21-2), a 1-0 winner in overtime against Bates in the first round, in the semifinals at Norton, Mass., on Saturday (Nov. 6). The Championship Game is set for Sunday (Nov. 7). Fourth seed Tufts finished its season with a 9-5-1 record.

Two players who had a combined total of one goal in Clark's 18 games entering the tournament connected for the goals. Freshman Krystal Parrella (Waltham, MA) scored her first collegiate goal just 48 seconds into the second half for a 1-0 Cougars lead. Classmate Margaret McGeown (Marblehead, MA) took the ball into the box and slid an easy pass to an open Parrella for the score. Clark's lead grew to 2-0 in the 55th minute when junior Brienne Smith (Sturbridge, MA) connected from close range with a hard shot that went of Tufts junior keeper Randee McArdle (East Nassau, NY) and into the goal at the right post.

The Jumbos stayed alive with sophomore Lynn Cooper's (Wilton, CT) ninth goal of the season in the 63rd minute with an assist going to senior Amanda Nagler (Beverly Hills, CA). Tufts controlled play from that point on, but could not score the equalizer. Their best chances came with six minutes remaining with a drive to the far post and a corner kick, but Clark sophomore keeper Alyson Parrish (West Springfield, MA) held her ground.

Parrish finished with eight saves to earn the win, while McArdle made four stops for Tufts. The Jumbos had an 11-3 advantage in shots in the second half, and 19-9 for the game.

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