Bristol, R.I. – Zack Blais (Tiverton, R.I.) found the back of the net twice and the Clark University men's soccer team opened up its 2016 season with a 2-0 win over Rhode Island College in non-league action at the Squad Locker Classic hosted by Roger Williams University on Saturday morning.
Score: Clark 2, Rhode Island College 0
Records: Clark 1-0-0, Rhode Island College 0-1-0
Location: Bayside Field, Bristol, R.I.
How It Happened:
After a scoreless first half, the Cougars got on the board in the 68th minute when Blais was tripped up heading into the box and was awarded a penalty kick. He tucked his attempt into the right corner giving the Scarlet and White a 1-0 lead.
That advantage doubled in the 73rd minute, when freshman Charlie Lane (Southborough, Mass.) sent a pass to classmate Jonathan Guilherme (Oxford, Conn.) on the left side. Guilherme booted a cross to the middle to Blais, who knocked it on past a diving Chris Moura for his second score of the game.
Playing less than 20 minutes from his hometown, Blais was the star of the morning, recording his third career multi-goal game.
Chris Moura was stellar in goal for the Anchormen, turning aside ten shots, including making a few stellar stops to keep the Cougars off the board, especially in the first half.
"It is always great to start the season off with a win," said Clark head coach Matt O'Toole. "Our backline and goalkeepers were extremely effective today in keeping a clean sheet while giving out attack time to make the most of our scoring chances."
What Else Happened:
The Cougars had a pair of good opportunities to score in the 22nd minute on shots by Julian Feshbach-Meriney (Concord, Mass.) and Sean Munroe (Silver Spring, Md.) but were turned away by Moura.
RIC's Dennis Vazquez managed to get a one-on-one chance in the 54th minute, but his try was punched away on a great stop by Richardson.
Two minutes later, Clark's Evan Jurkowski (Ludlow, Mass.) tried to beat Moura wide right on an open net, but a one-handed stop kept the Cougars off the board.
Clark will return to action on Sunday when they face the host Hawks at 1:30 p.m.