Men's Soccer Defeats NEWMAC Rival MIT, 1-0

Men's Soccer Defeats NEWMAC Rival MIT, 1-0

THE BASICS

- Score: Clark University 1, MIT 0

- Records: MIT (4-6-3, 2-3-0 NEWMAC), Clark University (7-4-3, 2-2-1 NEWMAC)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium)

- The Lead: A goal in the 54th minute by Clark University's Patrick Clark was the difference in today's match as the visiting Cougars defeated MIT, 1-0, on Saturday afternoon in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) match. Prior to the game, MIT recognized its three seniors Ryan Stuntz (Wellesley, Mass.), Vickram Goel (Williamsville, N.Y.) and Nate Johnson (Sudbury, Mass.) for their contributions to the team over the past four years in a ceremony before kickoff.

HOW IT HAPPENED

- The game was scoreless until Clark broke the draw in the 54th minute. The visitors lined up for a free kick from about the 35-yard line and the ball bounced off of an MIT defender in front of the box right to the feet of freshman Alex Nicholson (Barrington, R.I.). Nicholson played the ball on one touch to Clark, who deposited his second goal of the season into the upper half of the net for the 1-0 lead. Nicholson's assist was his third of the 2017 campaign.

- The Engineers had a couple of chances to find the equalizer late in the game, but Clark keeper Connor Maguire (Dunstable, Mass.) made all the saves necessary to preserve the conference match for the visitors. Two minutes after Clark scored, MIT's Thad Daguilh (Port-au-Prince, Haiti) took a header shot towards goal, but the Clark defenders cleared it off the line.

- MIT had its final chance to score with 6:56 left in the game as freshman Loukas Carayannopoulos (Westfield, N.J.) ripped a shot at the net, but once again Maguire stood his ground to keep the Engineers off the board and earn his third shutout of the season.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Despite the score, MIT outshot Clark by a 21-10 margin and held an 8-2 edge in corner kicks, while both teams secured four saves in the critical NEWMAC match.

- Maguire moved to 4-4-3 this year for Clark with three saves in between the pipes, while MIT keeper Jeremy Cowham (Quincy, Mass.) fell to 4-6-3 and registered four saves in the effort.

- Clark has now won two straight matchups over MIT, but the Engineers are the ones with the lead in the all-time series, 31-17-2, which dates back to 1921.

UP NEXT:

- MIT hosts UMass-Boston on Wednesday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. in a non-conference match, while Clark hosts Brandeis University the same day at 7:00 p.m. in an out-of-league contest.

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