Worcester, Mass. – Led by another stifling defensive effort, Clark University posted another shutout – this time a 2-0 blanking of the University of New England on a chilly Wednesday evening in non-league men's soccer action.
Score: Clark University 2, University of New England 0
Records: Clark University 9-0-0; University of New England 1-5-4
Location: Granger Soccer Turf, Worcester, Mass.
How It Happened:
The Cougars struck in the 61st minute when Trevor Sheridan (Massapequa, N.Y.) launched a long throw in from the right side that made its way through traffic by bouncing in between a UNE defender and their goalkeeper Nate Delesdernier (Niantic, Conn.) right to Demetri Boumis (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) who headed home his second goal in as many games at 60:11.
Clark tacked on another goal in the 79th minute when Jonathan Guilherme (Oxford, Conn.) took control of the ball deep in UNE territory, made moves to get around one defender and split two more on his was deep into the box and then sent a shot from left to right that whizzed into the right side of the goal for his second marker of the year.
The Scarlet and White actually had two scoring chances go by the way side in the first half. First, in the 16th minute, Charlie Lane (Southboro, Mass.) fired a blast that smacked off the crossbar and then later in the half, a UNE defender fell down leaving the left side of the box open and TJ Zirkman (Freehold, N.J.) sent a shot that was turned aside by a Nor'Easter defender.
UNE's best scoring opportunity of the night came off the foot of Jose Escamilla (Pawtucket, R.I.) who found space at the top of bot on the right side, but his shot sailed high.
Clark's defense held the Nor'Easters to just three shots in total, all of which came in the second half. Cougar netminder, Alistair Richardson (Tolland, Conn.) didn't need to make any saves to secure his second consecutive shutout.
"Very happy with the result at home tonight," said Clark head coach Matt O'Toole. "We continue to make Granger Field a difficult place to play. Another great shutout performance from our entire team."
News You Need:
The Scarlet and White entered tonight's game ranked fifth in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) regional poll and were receiving votes in the latest D3Soccer.com National Top 25 Poll.
With the impressive line of defense in front of them, Clark goalkeepers, Richardson and Connor Maguire (Dunstable, Mass.) have not given up a goal in two weeks with the exception of a penalty kick against WPI back on September 18, which means their shutout streak has extended to 283:40 following tonight's victory.
Clark jumps right back into league play with their biggest test yet. They will play host to the nation's highest scoring team, Springfield College – a team they haven't beaten since 2009 – on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
UNE, meanwhile, visits Commonwealth Coast Conference rival Gordon College on Saturday as well. First touch is marked for 3:00 p.m.