WORCESTER, Mass. -- Mount Greylock Regional School graduate Sam Edge made four saves Saturday to earn a shutout as the MCLA men's soccer team earned its first MASCAC win of the season, 1-0, at Worcester State.
Junior Andrew Nygard scored the contest's only goal in the 31st minute, as he headed home a Ryan Wanek throw-in to put his team ahead 1-0.
In the second half, Worcester State (4-8, 1-3) poured on constant pressure, but just couldn't put the ball in the back of the net. In the 52nd minute, Worcester State had three consecutive brilliant scoring opportunities, but MCLA keeper Edge was up to the task with phenomenal diving saves on attempts from Laszlo Dorogi, Alfred Koroma and Prince Gyau.
Worcester State appeared to tie the game in 87th minute, but a Lincoln Henry goal was taken off the board after he was ruled offside on the play. Worcester State was unable to mount any more high-quality chances, and the Trailblazers (3-8, 1-3) escaped with the 1-0 victory.
Worcester State's Henri Guilmette turned aside one Trailblazer shot to take the loss. Worcester State held a heavy shot advantage in the contest at 20-6, but only 4-2 in shots on goal. Worcester took eight corner kicks to just one for MCLA.
MCLA plays again on Monday afternoon, hosting Salve Regina.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Worcester State's Megan Gurlitz scored the game's only goal in the first half and the Lancers held off the MCLA Trailblazers 1-0 this afternoon at Shewcraft Field.
In the opening half, Worcester (5-6-2, 3-0-1) owned a commanding 19-1 shot advantage. It finally converted against MCLA keeper Megan Richardson in the 19th minute. Hailey Skowronski lofted a shot towards the upper right corner over the top of Richardson. While it didn't go in, it fell right in front of Megan Gurlitz who easily hammered it home for a 1-0 Lancer advantage. he goal was her second of 2019.
Worcester had a golden opportunity in the opening minute of the second half. quickly went on the offensive and hit the posts on consecutive shots that would've expanded the lead. The Lancers continued to control play as they outshot MCLA 19-1 in the second half as well, but couldn't expand the lead.
Ashley Spellman recorded the win for the Lancers stopping one shot.
Hoosac Valley alumna Richardson absorbed the loss for MCLA (2-10-1, 0-4) but stopped 17 shots.
MCLA is off for a week when they tackle Westfield State next Saturday.
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