Bears Notch Sixth Shutout of the Season, Top Pioneers 1-0

Claire Hurley (Reilly Girard)
Claire Hurley (Reilly Girard)

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Coast Guard used a second half goal by sophomore Claire Hurley to top Smith 1-0 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action Tuesday evening.

With the win, the Bears improve to 6-6 on the season and 3-3 in the conference. The Pioneers fall to 5-7 overall and 1-5 in the NEWMAC.

Hurley scored her second goal of the season in the second half. She is second on the team with six points on the season. Freshman Kylee Ballard and senior Gabrielle Auzenbergs each tallied an assist on the goal.

Coast Guard came out strong in the opening half having numerous opportunities early on in the period. Hurley attempted to catch the Smith defense napping as she quickly struck a free kick in the 22nd minute. Senior goalkeeper Shelby Hall however reacted to the shot and made the save ending the attack.

Auzenbergs nearly helped the Bears find a goal in the first half as she dribbled the ball to the touch on the right side and crossed it back to freshman Kat Retz inside the Pioneers penalty box. Retz hit the shot one time towards the near post but was denied by Hall who dove to her left and knocked the ball out of play keeping the first half scoreless.

The Bears found the back of the net in the 54th minute of the second half as Ballard settled the ball on the left side of the Smith penalty box. She quickly passed the ball to Auzenbergs who knocked a cross into the center of the box. Hurley charged on to the service unmarked and one timed the shot into the back of the net, giving Coast Guard the 1-0 lead.

The Pioneers continued to press through the rest of the second half as they saw their best opportunity come from senior Jordan Issacs as she found space on the right side of the Bears penalty box and put a shot on frame. Junior goalkeeper Rachel Boohar however made the sprawling save knocking the ball out of play.

Coast Guard held the Pioneers at bay through the rest of the second half wrapping up their sixth shutout of the season, which is tied for second in the NEWMAC.

Boohar (6-6) made three saves on three shots on goals for her fourth shutout of the season. She is tied for second in the conference in shutouts, and is now fourth all time with eight career shutouts. Tonight's victory also moved Boohar into second place in career wins in program history with 18 passing Mary Mills.

Hall (5-7) made eight saves on nine shots on goal allowing the single score.

Coast Guard is back in action on Thursday, October 12th, when they host non-conference foe UMass-Dartmouth. Opening kickoff is 7:00.