WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Wellesley College soccer sophomore Carley Phillips (Waterford, Conn.) scored the game's only goal 28 seconds into the first half to secure a 1-0 Blue victory over visiting Mount Holyoke College in New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday at the Wellesley Fields Complex.
Wellesley snapped a five-game winless streak with their first conference victory of the season, improving to 2-4-2 overall and 1-1-0 in NEWMAC play. Mount Holyoke is now 2-6-0 on the season and 0-2-0 in conference.
Phillips scored on a broken play in the Mount Holyoke penalty area, collecting a failed clear and knocking the ball inside the right post for her fourth of the season less than 30 seconds after kick-off.
The Blue applied constant pressure throughout the rest of the game, unleashing 32 shots, and getting 11 shots on frame, but could not get a second goal past Mount Holyoke junior goalkeeper Amanda Manaster (Beverly Hills, Calif.). The Blue finished with a 32-2 edge in shots and an 8-1 advantage in corner kick opportunities.
Manaster (2-6-0) finished the contest with 10 saves. In the Wellesley goal, sophomore Olivia Reckley (Grosse Ile, Mich.) made a pair of saves to improve to 2-4-2, while earning her second shutout of the season. Wellesley junior Gabriela Portilla (West Windsor, N.J.) had a game-high four shots on goal for the Blue.
Wellesley returns to action on Tuesday, September 26, in non-conference play at No. 25 Brandeis. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:00 PM. Mount Holyoke will also play Tuesday, when they host non-conference Bay Path at 6:00 PM.