Paxton, Mass. - Clark freshman Oscar Zapata (Lima, Peru) opened up his collegiate career with a three goal explosion and the visiting Cougars rolled to a 4-2 win over host Anna Maria in the opening round of the 2011 Worcester City Men's Soccer Tournament on Friday evening.
After sophomore Zachary Doenmez (Dublin, N.H.) registered his first career mark just 5:08 into the contest with help from Gianluca Ranallo (Scarsdale, N.Y.), Adrian Blackadar (Warwick, R.I.) set up Zapata, who found the back of the net at the 28:06 mark.
The Cougars, tournament co-champions from a season ago, took a 2-0 lead into halftime and then added another goal at 52:42 on an unassisted tally from Zapata.
Anna Maria, playing its first game under new head coach Zach Rocha, finally got on the board when Justin Hyland beat Cougar netminder Ryan King (Brimfield, Mass.) to make the score 3-1 in the 58 th minute.
Things got interesting in the 75 th minute when A.J. Lambert fed Enco Linka to bring the AMCATS to within 3-2.
Zapata, however, responded for Clark with the game sealing score in the 84 th minute.
In what turned out to be an extremely physical contest, the teams racked up a combined 35 fouls and three yellow cards in the 90 minutes of action.
The Cougars held advantages in corner kicks (8-3) and shots (11-6).
Clark will face Becker on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. In a game being played at WPI's Alumni Field.