Cougars Deal Blow to Beavers' Playoff Hopes with First Win in Series since 2007
BABSON PARK, Mass.—Sophomore Jonathan Guilherme (Oxford, Conn.) scored in the 98th minute to help visiting Clark University defeat Babson College in overtime, 2-1, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's soccer action on Saturday afternoon at Hartwell-Rogers Field.
With the loss, Babson drops to 8-8-0 overall and 2-4-0 in conference play, while Clark improves to 8-5-3 overall and 3-2-1 in the NEWMAC.
Sophomore Chris Czarnecki (Baltimore, Md.) had a goal and junior Noah Parker (Hampden, Maine) and sophomore Youcef Ziad (Holbrook, Mass.) added assists for the Beavers. Senior goalkeeper James Takami (Kenmore, Wash.) finished with four saves in the loss.
Sophomore Charlie Lane (Southborough, Mass.) scored once and senior goalkeeper Connor Maguire (Dunstable, Mass.) turned away seven shots for the Cougars.
After Takami made a fingertip save on a header by Clark sophomore Evan Jurkowski (Ludlow, Mass.) in the opening minutes, the Green and White jumped on top 1-0 on Czarnecki's seventh tally of the fall. Ziad laid the ball off for Parker and he chipped a pass into the box for Czarnecki, who blasted a shot past Maguire in the eighth minute.
The Cougars were dangerous offensively for much of the match, but sophomore Sean Munroe (Silver Spring, Md.) and first-year Alex Nicholson (Barrington, R.I.) failed to put away first-half opportunities from close range, while Munroe hit the crossbar from the top of the box in the 42nd minute. Clark found the equalizer in the 65th minute though, as Lane gained possession of the ball in the midfield and hit a 30-yard rocket that snuck inside the right post.
Maguire made a pair of big saves on Ziad in the second half, which included charging off his line to get a hand on a chip shot from the right side of the box in the 67th minute. Takami was equally as good for the Beavers, racing out near the top of the box to make a kick save on a shot by Munroe in the 74th minute.
Clark put the game away in the eighth minute of extra time on Guilherme's second marker of the season. A long throw in along the left sideline bounced through the box and he ripped a shot from just outside the right edge six-yard box inside the near post.
The Cougars finished with a 17-13 edge in shots and an 11-4 advantage in corner kicks, which included an 11-1 bulge over the final 45 minutes.
Babson returns to action on Tuesday when it travels to Bridgewater State at 7 p.m., while Clark visits Framingham State on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
• The Beavers are 36-17-6 all-time against Clark although Saturday's loss snapped their 10-game unbeaten streak in the series.
• Saturday's loss was just the second this season for Babson when scoring the first goal of the match.
• Seven of the Beavers' eight losses this season have come by a single goal.
• The Green and White is 0-3-0 in overtime this fall.