Newton, Mass. – For the second game in a row Oscar Zapata (Lima, Peru) played the hero, this time scoring the game-winning goal in the 84th minute to lift visiting Clark University to a thrilling 2-1 win over Mount Ida in non-league men's soccer action on Wednesday evening.
With the win, the Cougars improve to 5-7-1 while the Mustangs drop to 6-5 and have now lost back-to-back games for the second time this season.
Zapata's heroics began in transition as Max Lopez (Oakdale, N.Y.) carried the ball into the Mustang zone and then fed a streaking Zapata who cut in front of a defender and fired his fourth goal of the year into the back of the net at 83:58.
Things didn't start out that way for the Scarlet and White who found themselves down 1-0 after Andrew Shaw (Anaheim, Calif.) and Michael Templeton (Charlestown, N.H.) teamed up for Templeton's second tally of the year at 16:31.
Mount Ida looked to be ready to seize total control of the match when they had a penalty kick in the 23rd minute but that attempt was turned aside by Connor Maguire (Dunstable, Mass.) with a diving save to his left.
The Cougars then got a penalty kick of their own in the 36th minute but Greg French (North Andover, Mass.) had his shot denied by Matt Pils (Monroe, Conn.). A corner kick for Clark resulted and French served a ball into the box that found the foot of Ethan Ziemba (Glen Gardner, N.J.) for his first collegiate marker, knotting the contest at 1-1.
Mount Ida held a 20-18 edge in shots but the Cougars were ahead on the scoresheet in corner kicks (3-2).
Maguire was strong in net, making eight saves in his 90 minutes of action.
For Zapata, he now has 59 career points in 59 career contests and his 28 goals are fifth on the school's all-time list.
Clark will return to action on Saturday when they visit Babson College for a huge NEWMAC showdown with the Beavers.