Courtesy of Roger Williams Sports Information
BRISTOL, R.I. – Keene State College claimed the RWU Opening Weekend Tournament over the Roger Williams University Men's Soccer team with 5-4 shootout win after a 1-1 double overtime tie. The Owls forced overtime with a game-tying goal with minutes left in regulation. Clark University earned third place after defeating Newbury College 2-0 in the Consolation Game.
In the consolation game, Newbury and Clark both struggled to get their offense going in the early part of the game, with only one shot taken in the first 15 minutes of play. Yet soon after, the Cougars began to find a tempo.
Clark's Jesse Aronson (Somerville, Mass.) sent a shot in the 17th minute from the right side of the box that just sailed wide of the left corner of the goal. Clark would break through in the 27th minute, when Jonathan Guilherme (Oxford, Conn.) found Jack Stark (Abington, Mass.) on the right side for the first goal of the game.
The Cougars continued to push the pace of the game and keep Newbury's defense on their heels. However, Nighthawk keeper Jarrod Smith (Lynn, Mass.) played strong defense to keep Clark's lead at only one after the first half of play. He tallied six first-half saves including a couple of point-blank stops.
Clark held on to its one-goal lead for most of the second half before adding one more in the 60th minute. Guilherme tapped the ball to Patrick Clark (Plainville, Mass.), who launched a long crossing pass to Ethan Ziemba (Glen Gardner, N.J.). Ziemba headed the ball out of the air and into the left corner to make it 2-0 in favor of the Cougars.
In the second half, Clark continued to hold off the Newbury charge. The Nighthawks managed only three shots in the second half of play, while Clark had nine. Newbury was also held without a corner kick the entire game.
Connor Maguire (Dunstable, Mass.) needed only two saves for the shutout win, while Newbury's Jarrod Smith had nine stops.
Clark is back in action after a short break on Tuesday, September 5 at Rhode Island College. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.