Release Courtesy of Colby-Sawyer Sports Information
NEW LONDON, N.H. – The Colby-Sawyer College men's soccer team defeated Clark University, 3-2, on Wednesday afternoon behind two goals and an assist from senior Denali Sexton (Barrington, R.I.).
The Chargers improve to 1-4 and will hit the road on Saturday to play at Maine Maritime in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) opener for both teams. Clark dips to 1-2-2 and also begins conference action on Saturday with a home match against Emerson at 1 p.m.
Despite an 8-2 Colby-Sawyer edge in shots in the first half, the score remained locked at 0-0 after 45 minutes.
Clark turned up the aggressiveness in the second frame and broke through with the game's first goal at 61:56. Sophomore Sean Munroe (Silver Spring, Md.) notched his third goal of the season into an open right side of the net.
The Chargers responded with an equalizer off the foot of Sexton 28 seconds later as he beat the keeper inside the left post. The goal was Sexton's second of the season.
In the 84th minute, Colby-Sawyer went in front 2-1 when Sexton set up freshman teammate Ahamad Raji (Lagos, Nigeria) with his first collegiate tally. Sexton was driving down the left side and drew the Clark keeper off his line, which opened Raji close in front of goal for the easy conversion.
Less than two minutes later, Raji was challenged by the Clark goalie and taken down awarding the Chargers a penalty kick. Sexton ripped the shot into the lower right corner for the eventual game-winner.
Clark brought the match within a goal in the 89th minute, but would not get any closer. Sophomore Evan Jurkowski (Ludlow, Mass.) sent a perfect cross into the box to the awaiting Munroe who headed the ball into the back of the net for his fourth of the season.
Colby-Sawyer keeper Sean Babinski (Concord, Calif.) and Clark goalkeeper Connor Maguire (Dunstable, Mass.) each finished with a pair of saves.
The home side held a 17-11 advantage in shots and a 7-3 edge in corner kicks.