WORCESTER, Mass. – The Clark University men's soccer team used a two-goal second half to knock off Coast Guard Academy, 3-1, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action at Granger Field on Saturday afternoon.
Score: Cougars 3, Bears 1
Records: Clark University (10-4-0, 3-1 NEWMAC) | Coast Guard Academy (7-6-0, 1-3 NEWMAC)
How it Happened
The Cougars offense had its first chance in the third minute as senior captain Trevor Sheridan (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) fired off a chance from just outside the box and into the arms of Dakota Harich in the Coast Guard net.
In the 11th minute, the Cougars nearly pulled ahead once again. This time Sheridan found the crossbar on a header after a corner entry pass from Brian Brennan (Stoneham, Mass.), with the Bears clearing the ball downfield to avoid damage.
Coast Guard would go on to take the 1-0 advantage in the 29th minute of play as Noa Pagatpatan moved the ball down the near sideline before touching a pass to Mike Daunt on his cut to the middle of the box. Daunt curled his shot out of the reach of Melvin Vincent (Rochester, Mass.) to convert the one-on-one chance to give the Bears their lead.
The deficit inspired the Cougars attack as the team tested Harich four times before striking with the game-tying marker in the 40th minute when Gregory Amador (Westboro, Mass.) notched his first goal of the season, finding the net off a low-cross in front of the goalkeeper from Charlie Lane (Southboro, Mass.). Lane recorded his fifth assist of the season on the play to set a new career-high mark for the senior midfielder.
Clark University and Coast Guard battled tightly throughout the second half, with the Bears leading the shot total by an 8-7 clip during that time. But the Cougars struck for a pair of goals in the final 45 minutes to propel them to the victory.
In the 77th minute, senior Evan Jurkowski (Ludlow, Mass.) provided the eventual game-deciding marker to break the 1-1 stalemate after Brennan connected with Alex Maiorano (Shrewsbury, Mass.) who flicked a cross pass to the weak-side of the Bears' defense. Jurkowski benefited from the fine passing by his teammates, finishing the play with a header to log his third goal of the year.
The Cougars padded their lead in the 89th minute after a free-kick as first-year Noah Gregerman (Silver Spring, MD.) found himself in perfect position to send home a ricocheted shot off the crossbar from Lane for the final goal of the game.
Vincent enjoyed a solid day between the pipes as the junior stonewalled 10 shots to finish just one off his season-high output. The Cougars' keeper improved his season record to 7-3 and picked up his 15th career win in the process.
The NEWMAC foes matched one another on the shot total, 18-18, with the Bears leading in shots on goal by an 11-10 margin. Clark University finished with a 6-5 lead in corner kicks.
The Cougars, who currently sit atop the NEWMAC standings, travel to Cambridge to clash with the Engineers of MIT on October 19 at 1:00 pm.