Worcester, Mass. – Three different Clark University players found the back of the net and the host Cougars posted a 3-1 win over New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) rival MIT on senior day in men's soccer action on Saturday afternoon.
Prior to the contest, the program honored the five members of the Class of 2017. The honored student-athletes included Zack Blais (Tiverton, R.I.), Vinny Morra (East Setauket, N.Y.), Alistair Richardson (Tolland, Conn.), Michael Spanos (Waterford, Conn.) and T.J. Zirkman (Freehold, N.J.).
Score: Clark University 3, MIT 1
Records: Clark University 12-2 (3-2 NEWMAC); MIT 4-8-1 (1-4 NEWMAC)
Location: Granger Soccer Turf, Worcester, Mass.
How It Happened:
The Cougars got on the board in the eighth minute when Mana Chavali (Brookline, Mass.) had his shot from the top of the box denied by Cole Hoffer (Tucson, Ariz.) but the rebound went right to Sean Munroe (Silver Spring, Md.) and he deposited his team-leading six marker of the year at 7:19.
MIT knotted the game as the half wore down when Garrett Souza (Chino Hills, Calif.) sent a ball into the box that Matthew De La Ossa (New York, N.Y.) was able to get a foot on and tuck into the left side of the goal at 41:00.
Clark wasted little time going back ahead when Trevor Sheridan (Massapequa, N.Y.) launched a throw-in that Julian Feshbach-Meriney (Concord, Mass.) flicked to a wide open Ethan Ziemba (Glen Gardner, N.J.) and he tapped it home for his second career marker just 29 seconds later.
With MIT pressing for the equalizer late in the second half, the Scarlet and White put the game away with some hustle from a trio of freshmen. Munroe chased down an Engineer defender up the right sideline and worked the ball free with a slide tackle. Ahcene Ouldsaada (Boston, Mass.) then had control of the ball and he attempted to send a pass across the box to Jonathan Guilherme (Oxford, Conn.) but it was blocked by a defender. The ball came off of the defender and right to Guilherme who blasted the game-sealing goal into the back of the net at 87:36.
"Today's win on senior day is a wonderful success for our team," said Clark head coach Matt O'Toole. "Very happy for the seniors and a fantastic group of parents."
The win for the Scarlet and White snap an eight match losing streak to the Engineers – a stretch that dates back to 2008.
Inside The Numbers:
Clark held a 12-10 edge in shots for the contest, while the visitors were ahead in corner kicks, 6-4. The game turned out to be pretty physical with 27 total fouls and five yellow cards being handed out.
Clark returns to the field on Wednesday when they step out of conference and travel to face regional power Brandeis University. First touch is at 7:00 p.m. For the Engineers, meanwhile, they return to the field on Wednesday when they host nationally-ranked UMass-Boston.