Bristol, R.I. – Backed by their second consecutive shutout, the Clark University men's soccer team improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2011 with a 1-0 win over host Roger Williams at the Squad Locker Classic on Sunday afternoon.
Score: Clark 1, Roger Williams 0
Records: Clark 2-0-0, Roger Williams 0-3-0
Location: Bayside Field, Bristol, R.I.
How It Happened:
After several scoring opportunities didn't materialize, freshman Jonathan Guilherme (Oxford, Conn.) corralled a loose ball at the top of the penalty area and knocked in his first collegiate goal into the right corner of the net to give Clark the lead in the 42nd minute.
That would be all the offense the Cougars would need as they limited the Hawks to just two shots in the first 30 minutes of the second half even though each team finished with 14 apiece.
For Guilherme, meanwhile, the start to his career has been a rousing one. He assisted on a Zack Blais (Tiverton, R.I.) score in the season opener on Saturday and today records the game-winning goal in his second career contest.
Connor Maguire (Dunstable, Mass.), who was named the tournament's Defensive MVP, made six saves to earn the win in goal for the Scarlet and White – his first career shutout. In fact, Maguire, who played the first 45 minutes in goal in the opener against Rhode Island College, did not allow a goal in his 135 minutes of action over the weekend.
He Said It:
"These are the types of games you need to play to prepare for our NEWMAC schedule," said head coach Matt O'Toole. "Our success this weekend speaks volumes to the captains' leadership of this group."
News & Notes:
In addition to Maguire scooping up the tournament's Defensive MVP, Blais took home Offensive MVP honors after his two-goal performance on Saturday.
The back-to-back shutouts for the Cougars marks the first time they have had wins in consecutive shutouts since the second and third games of 2008.
Clark is off until next Saturday when they visit Mount Ida for a 5:00 p.m. kickoff against the Mustangs.