NORTH ADAMS, Mass. - Megan Gurlitz (Auburn, Mass.) scored the game's only goal in the first half as the Worcester State University women's soccer team held off the MCLA Trailblazers 1-0 Saturday afternoon at Shewcraft Field.
Worcester State improves to 5-6-2 overall, but remains unbeaten in MASCAC play at 3-0-1. The Trailblazers dip to 2-10-1 overall and are now 0-4 in the conference.
In the opening half, Worcester owned a commanding 19-1 shot advantage. They finally converted against MCLA keeper Megan Richardson in the 19th minute. Freshman Hailey Skowronski (Douglas, Mass.) 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 Gurlitz, who easily hammered it home for a 1-0 Lancer advantage. The goal was her second of 2019.
Worcester had a golden opportunity in the opening minute of the second half. The Lancers 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 (Lancaster, Mass.) recorded the win for the Lancers, stopping one shot. Richardson absorbed the loss for MCLA but stopped 17 shots.
MCLA is off for a week when they tackle Westfield State next Saturday. The Lancers are back in action the same day, traveling to Fitchburg State for its final road game of the regular season.
Release courtesy of MCLA Sports Information.