Worcester, Mass. – For the third consecutive non-conference contest, Clark University didn't allow a goal, and this time the Cougars posted a 3-0 shutout over Rivier University on a chilly Wednesday evening in Worcester.
Score: Clark University 3, Rivier University 0
Records: Clark University 10-1; Rivier University 5-5-1
Location: Granger Soccer Turf, Worcester, Mass.
How It Happened:
The Cougars had an excellent chance to get on the board when Jonathan Guilherme (Oxford, Conn.) sent a blast but his attempt smacked off the crossbar in the 35th minute.
Guilherme finally cracked the scoreboard about a minute after his crossbar hit when Zack Blais (Tiverton, R.I.) went on the attack and connected with Guilherme who sent a shot into the far right corner of the net at 34:43.
The Cougars doubled their lead midway through the second stanza when Mana Chavali (Brookline, Mass.) was taken down just as he got into the box on the right side. Yousef Shahin (Bridgeport, Conn.) then deposited the ensuing penalty kick attempt into the lower left corner of the net at 73:49 for his first tally of the season.
Shahin was at it again in the 88th minute when he took a feed from Austin Fink (Norfolk, Va.) and delivered his second marker of the night.
Inside The Boxscore:
Clark dominated the stat sheet, finishing with a 26-3 edge in shots and a 9-0 advantage in corner kicks. Alistair Richardson (Tolland, Conn.) needed to only make one save in goal to secure his fourth win of the season. In fact, Richardson hasn't allowed a goal at all this season, playing 341 minutes while making 12 total saves.
"Very pleased with our complete team performance tonight as well as our ability to bounce back with a win at home on Granger Field," said Clark University head coach Matt O'Toole.
News You Need:
With today's victory, the Scarlet and White now have ten wins, the first time they have reached double figure wins since the 2008 season. In that season, the Cougars made the program's sixth-ever and last trip to the NCAA Tournament when they finished 11-5-2.
The Cougars will return to NEWMAC action on Saturday when they hit the road for a 1:00 p.m. showdown with Babson, while the Eagles visit GNAC rival Lasell on Saturday as well.