Worcester, Mass. – Babson senior Adam Villari (Landsdale, Pa.) scored the game's lone goal with 16 seconds remaining in the second overtime period, stunning in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's soccer action on Saturday afternoon.
Score: Babson College 1, Clark University 0 (2OT)
Records: Clark University 10-2 (2-2 NEWMAC); Babson 6-4-3 (3-1 NEWMAC)
Location: Hartwell-Rogers Field, Babson Park, Mass.
How It Happened:
Babson, which is unbeaten over its last six matches, is now 6-4-3 overall and 3-1-0 in league play, while Clark, ranked eighth in the most recent NSCAA regional poll, has now dropped two of their last three contests after starting the season 9-0.
After battling for 110 scoreless minutes, Villari took a thru ball from Ian Fromhein (Osterville, Mass.) and found himself all alone in the box before ripping a shot past Cougars' junior goalkeeper Connor Maguire (Dunstable, Mass.) for his third game-winning goal of the season.
Junior James Takami (Kenmore, Wash.) finished with three saves for Babson, while Maguire, who has been spectacular all season – including today - stopped a season-high nine shots for the Scarlet and White.
The Green and White dominated the match statistically and had some of its best scoring chances in the opening 45 minutes. Maguire came charging off his line to get a piece of a shot by first-year Youcef Ziad (Holbrook, Mass.) in the 25th minute and then made the save of the game to get his fingertips on a header by Alex Crompton (Killington, Vt.) just before halftime.
Maguire made another diving stop on an attempt by Ziad from the left edge of the box in the 67th minute, while Clark first-year Trevor Sheridan (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) cleared Beavers' Jackson Greenspan's (Meriden, N.H.) header off the goal line in the 86th minute.
Babson's Ian Cicalis (East Falmouth, Mass.) missed just wide on his volley in the first minute of overtime and the Cougars' best chance of the match came just before Villari's game winner when senior Zack Blais (Tiverton, R.I.) sent his 25-yard blast just wide of the left post.
Inside The Numbers:
The Beavers outshot Clark 24-7, including a 20-4 edge in regulation and held a slight 6-3 advantage in corner kicks.
Clark returns to the field on Wednesday when they step out of conference to host Worcester-area rival Fitchburg State. First touch is at 7:00 p.m.