The women’s soccer team put forth a strong effort in their first conference game, which resulted in a 1-1 tie against Smith. Co-captain Nikki Feinberg (’16) said that she especially wanted to win this game. “Since we lost to them 4-0 last year, it would have been nice to get the win,” she said. However, she said she was proud of the team’s ball movement and defense in the game. The team will play their next home game on October 6 against Mount Holyoke.
Clark Men’s Soccer endured some close losses this week. The team lost two games in double overtime, one to Eastern Nazarene and one to WPI. Yousef Shahin (’18) scored the lone goal in the two games when he scored against WPI, breaking his leg in the process. “We were playing hard for him after he sacrificed himself like that,” said co-captain Tj Zirkman (’17). Zirkman said that he is proud of the team’s play despite both games ending in losses. “Scoring is such a small thing, but it’s the most important,” he said. “We’ve been doing a lot of other things well like creating shots, but we need to find that last bit of focus.” The team will return to the Granger Soccer Turf on October 7 against Mount Ida.
Coming off two big wins last week against Anna Maria College on Tuesday (8-1) and Becker college on Thursday (7-2), the women’s tennis team traveled to Wellesley last Saturday for a match. Wellesley’s record is currently 4-2, with only a single loss within the conference. The final score was 9-0 in favor of Wellesley. On Monday, September 21 the team went up against Springfield college at Springfield, where the Cougars suffered a 6-3 defeat. Although the Cougars ultimately lost, Misa Mai (’18) said, “We had a chance of winning. We lost 3-6, but for the most part, they were close matches. All the doubles matches were very close, it really could’ve gone either way.” The team’s current record is 3-5 with Worcester State coming up on Thursday, September 24 and Emerson College on Saturday, September 26.
Men’s Cross Country
The men’s cross country team produced some solid times in last weekend’s UMass Dartmouth Shriners Invitational in what was the first 8k race of the season for the team. The lead runner for Clark was Alex Hull (‘18), who finished with a blistering 27:15, blowing his previous personal best in a Clark race out of the water. John Allard (‘16) finished second with an impressive 27:35. Ryan Van Dine (‘18) trailed only his co-captain and classmate with a time of 28:00. Hull and Van Dine have taken a leap for the team this year. “Our youngest runners are having their best start,” said runner Sam Smith (’17). Specifically, he said that Hull and Van Dine show immense promise. The team will race next in the Worcester City Championships on Saturday, September 26.
Women’s Cross Country
Clark Women’s Cross Country had some fast times last weekend in the UMass Dartmouth Shriners Invitational. Kristen Glennie (’18) finished the 5k race first for Clark with a time of 19:33, with newcomers Maddy Doyle (’19) and Liza French (’19) finishing second and third respectively with times of 19:50 and 21:34. “The new runners are great! They’re a fast group and they bring a lot to the team,” wrote co-captain Cate Huynen (’16). “They’ve all been racing really well and their times are a good indicator that we’ll do well at NEWMACs.” The team’s next race will be the Worcester City Championships on Saturday, September 26.
The field hockey team faced strong competition this week as they went down 5-0 to Babson and lost 3-2 in double overtime against Anna Maria. Captain Maria Manning (’16) said that the team remained positive through adversity. “Whether we win or lose we always have good team spirit and chemistry, which is very important to continue on in the NEWMAC,” she wrote. Manning also wrote that it helps that there have been many positives in the team’s performance so far. “We have moved and cut to the ball, which is very important and a skill that we were lacking last year. That being said we have put a big emphasis on this in practice and we hope to continue to improve.” The team will take on Elms College on Thursday, October 1 for their next home game.
Clark Volleyball continues their dominance in and out of conference with back to back wins this past weekend against Coast Guard Academy and Western New England. The team seemed to be in control of both games after playing rocky first sets. Head coach Mickey Cahoon said that the key for taking control of both games was the team’s strong defense. “Our offense clicks because of our defense,” he said. The team will play its next home game on Tuesday, September 29 against WPI.