Worcester, Mass. – Sean Munroe (Silver Spring, Md.) headed home the golden goal less than three minutes into the first overtime sending host Clark University to a 3-2 win over Worcester-area rival Fitchburg State in non-league men's soccer action on a chilly Wednesday evening.
Score: Clark University 3, Fitchburg State 2 (OT)
Records: Clark University 11-2; Fitchburg State 2-9-1
Location: Granger Soccer Turf, Worcester, Mass.
How It Happened:
The Falcons actually got on the board first when in the tenth minute when Steven Martinez (Middlesex, N.J.) sent a ball through the Clark backline and connected with Matthew Krikorian (Groton, Mass.) who maneuvered around a defender and sent a low shot past a diving Alistair Richardson (Tolland, Conn.).
Clark evened the scored a little more than five minutes later when excellent passing from Munroe and Evan Jurkowski (Ludlow, Mass.) setup T.J. Zirkman (Freehold, N.J.) for his team-leading fifth tally of the season at 16:03.
The Cougars went ahead later in the first half when Jack Stark (Abington, Mass.) got control of a ball near the midfield stripe on the right side and sent a ball to Munroe near the top of the box. He was able to flick the ball over Falcon keeper Connor Smith (York, Maine) and then head the ball home into a wide open net at 31:40.
Undeterred, Fitchburg State knotted the score at 2-2 early in the second half when Camden McLaughlin (West Chesterfield, N.H.) slipped a pass from the endline to an uncovered Krikorian at the top right corner of the box who sent a shot that Richardson was unable to control for his second score of the night at 50:01.
Things stayed that way until the opening moments of the first extra session when Charlie Lane (Southboro, Mass.) took the ball near the endline on the right side and lofted a pass towards the middle of the box. Munroe was able to split a pair of defenders and bang home the game-winning marker into the back of the net at 92:47.
Man of the Match:
Munroe finished with a career-high five points while participating in all three Cougars goals on the night. For the record, he finished with two goals and one assist, giving him a team-leading 14 points so far this season (five goals, four assists).
Inside The Numbers:
In what was an extremely physical contest, the teams combined for 27 fouls and five yellow cards.
"Glad we were able to get the win in a physical game tonight at Granger Field," said Clark head coach Matt O'Toole. "Our perseverance was key in creating our scoring opportunities."
Clark will be in action next on Saturday when they host MIT in a crucial NEWMAC contest, while the Falcons visit Bridgewater State on Friday night.