Boston, Mass. – Clark University freshman striker Evan Jurkowski (Ludlow, Mass.) scored the game's lone goal in the 90th minute and the visiting Cougars recorded a thrilling 1-0 win over Emerson College in New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's soccer action on Saturday afternoon in horrible weather conditions.
The win for the Cougars secures the first postseason berth for the program since 2009. By virtue of other results from around the conference today and their own victory, the Scarlet and White avoid the league quarterfinal match and have earned a bye into the semifinal round. While the location and the opponent are unknown, they will play on Saturday, November 5 at a time to still be determined.
Score: Clark University 1, Emerson College 0
Records: Clark University 13-3, 4-2 NEWMAC; Emerson College 4-10, 1-5 NEWMAC
Location: Rotch Field, Boston, Mass.
How It Happened:
The game seemed destined for overtime when a throw-in bounced off of a few players and rolled to Jurkowski, who took a low rolling shot through traffic that found the back of the net at 89:47, handing the Cougars the dramatic victory.
Both teams had several chances to score throughout the contest but neither team could capitalize until Jurkowski was able to record his third game-winning goal this season.
Connor Maguire (Dunstable, Mass.) needed to only make two saves to notch his third shutout of the season, improving to 7-3 on the year.
"Hard fought NEWMAC win today in difficult weather conditions," said Clark University head coach Matt O'Toole. "We needed to persevere and continue to create scoring chances. After hitting the post four times, I'm very pleased we converted the winning goal."
The Cougars will wrap up the home portion of their 2016 schedule on Wednesday when they host Framingham State in a non-conference affair slated to begin at 7:00 p.m.