Worcester, Mass. – Tim Rovnak (South Portland, Maine) and Kyle Russo (Westford, Mass.) each scored first half goals and Clark University held off a hard-charging Coast Guard squad and secured a 2-1 win over the previously undefeated Bears in New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's soccer action on Saturday.
The win for the Cougars brings their record up to 4-6 but more importantly evens their league ledger at 1-1. Coast Guard meanwhile, suffers their first loss of the season, falling to 8-1.
Clark jumped on the scoreboard in the 13th minute when Vaske Gjino (Worcester, Mass.) and Alberto Polo-Herrera (Arlington, Va.) served a ball into the box that Rovnak was able to head home for a 1-0 Cougar advantage.
That lead doubled when Russo collected a loose ball in the box off of a corner kick and snuck a low shot into the lower right corner past a diving Jake Sorenson (Oakdale, Conn.) at 30:54.
A little less than ten minutes later, Clark saw its lead sliced in half when another loose ball inside the box found its way to the Bears' Patrick Hanrahan (New London, Conn.) who deposited his first goal of the season at 40:17.
The second half saw much more action than the first but didn't see either team find the back of the net. Coast Guard had the best opportunity of either team to get on the board in the 72nd minute when Ricky Davies (Richardson, Texas) beat a host of Clark defenders and fired a low rocket from left to right but Connor Maguire (Dunstable, Mass.) was able to get his left hand on it and deflect it away.
Coast Guard actually held an 18-8 edge in shots and a 12-4 advantage in corner kicks.
Maguire made three saves in net for the Scarlet and White, while Sorenson who was making his first collegiate start, turned aside a pair of shots.
Both teams are back in action on Wednesday playing out of conference contests. The Bears visit Mitchell College at 4:00 p.m., while the Cougars host the University of New England.