No. 4 Men's Soccer at No. 1 Springfield College Preview

No. 4 Men's Soccer at No. 1 Springfield College Preview

Worcester, Mass. - The No. 4 Clark University men's soccer team heads to No. 1 Springfield College on Saturday, November 4th for the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship Semifinal game starting at 12:00 p.m. on Brock-Affleck Field. Clark advances to the NEWMAC Semifinals after coming away from a penalty-kick shootout victorious on Wednesday night against No. 5 MIT.

Junior Julian Feshbach-Meriney (Concord, Mass.) and sophomore Sean Munroe (Silver Spring, Md.) each tallied goals to help lift the Cougars over the Engineers and advance Clark to the next round of the tournament. The Cougars are 9-5-4 overall this season and are led by Munroe who has 28 points on the season from 14 goals. Starting goalkeeper, Connor Maguire (Dunstable, Mass.) has recorded 104 saves and an .800 save percentage this season. As a team Clark has 34 total goals this season and averages 15.4 shots per game. The Clark men's soccer team was recently ranked 9th in the Division III men's soccer regional rankings.

After finishing first in the NEWMAC, Springfield College is excited to serve as host for the 2017 NEWMAC Men's Soccer Championship Tournament from Saturday, November 4 through Sunday, November 5. The Pride, which is currently 13-1-1 on the year, is ranked No. 22 in the latest National Rankings and is also receiving votes in the United Soccer Coaches Division III Men's Soccer National Poll. Additionally, Springfield College was slotted at No. 4 in the most recent NCAA Division III Regional Rankings heading into the weekend. The Pride finished the regular season with a 5-1-1 mark in conference play, earning its first NEWMAC Men's Soccer Regular Season title since 1999. 

Springfield College will square off with Clark University on Saturday, November 4 at 12 p.m. In its matchup earlier this season, Brad Deckel (Lansdale, Pa.) and Christian Schneider (Douglas, Mass.) both found the back of the net en route to a 2-0 win over the Cougars on September 30. .

In the second matchup of Saturday, WPI, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, will host third-seeded Coast Guard at 3 p.m. In it's previous contest with the Bears, WPI used a late goal from Brendan Nemes (Kingston, Mass.) to even the score at one, before the senior midfielder struck again in overtime, leading the Engineers to victory.

Game Schedule:

Saturday, November 4

Game 1: No. 1 Springfield College vs. No. 4 Clark - 12 p.m.  (Live Stats | Video)

Game 2: No. 2 WPI vs. No. 3 Coast Guard - 3 p.m.  (Live Stats | Video)

Sunday, November 5

Game 3: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 - 1 p.m. (Live Stats | Video)

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