No. 4 Men's Soccer Advances to NEWMAC Semifinals in Penalty Kicks with No. 5 MIT

No. 4 Men's Soccer Advances to NEWMAC Semifinals in Penalty Kicks with No. 5 MIT

THE BASICS

-Score: Clark University 2, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2 – 2OT, (PKs Clark 5, MIT 4)

-Records: Clark (9-5-4), MIT (6-7-5)

-Location: Worcester, Mass. (Granger Soccer Complex)

-The Lead: Tied at 2-2 after 110 minutes of action, tonight's New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament Quarterfinal contest between fourth-seeded Clark University and fifth-seeded MIT concluded in penalty kicks. Ultimately, it was the host Cougars who came out on top winning the shootout by a 5-4 margin as Clark will now move on to the NEWMAC semifinals set for Saturday and take on top-seeded Springfield College at 12:00 p.m. 

HOW IT HAPPENED

- With 2:35 to play in the opening half, MIT freshman Loukas Carayannopoulos (Westfield, N.J.) gave the visiting Engineers a 1-0 lead on his eighth goal of the season. The freshman forced a turnover, gathered the ball from about 30 yards out and ripped a shot off the crossbar as the ball bounced straight down into the net to give MIT the advantage at the break.

- Clark answered 1:22 into the second half - just 3:57 after MIT scored - when Trevor Sheriden (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) threw the ball in from the far sideline. Sheriden found the head of Julian Feshback-Meriney (Concord, Mass.), who was positioned inside the box as he knocked the ball past MIT keeper Jeremy Cowham (Quincy, Mass.) to tie the game at 1-1.

- Both teams would score once more in regulation before the contest went to overtime. In the 64th minute, MIT sophomore Darian Bhathena (Andover, Mass.) sent a short pass to senior Nate Johnson (Sudbury, Mass), who scored his second goal of the year. Then with 9:14 to play in regulation, Clark's Sean Munroe (Silver Spring, Md.) knotted the game at 2-2 on an unassisted goal, which sent the match to extra time.

- Each team got one shot away in the first overtime session before the netminders were tested in the second. Clark's Alex Nicholson (Barrington, R.I.) made Cowham stop the ball in the 103rd minute before MIT's Logan McLaughlin (Park City, Utah) fired a shot at Connor Maguire (Dunstable, Mass.) in the 107th minute. Neither attempt was successful as the match headed for penalty kicks.

- In the shootout, both teams were successful in their first two attempts. Faisal As'ad (Amman, Jordan) and Joshua Wilson (West Chester, Pa.) made the shots for MIT, while Munroe and Ethan Ziemba (Glen Gardner, N.J.) made the attempts for Clark. In the third round, Maguire dove to his left to stop a shot by McLaughlin, to give the Cougars the 3-2 advantage through three rounds.

- MIT's Wesley Woo (Palo Alto, Calif.) and Carlos Hernandez (Weston, Fla.) closed the shootout strong for the Engineers as both converted, but Clark answered MIT shot for shot as Charlie Lane made the fourth before Maguire came out of the net to convert the final shot for Clark to claim the shootout, 5-4, and send the Cougars into the NEWMAC semifinals.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

- Carayannopoulos closed his rookie campaign for MIT with eight goals, which led the team and ranked first among all freshmen in the NEWMAC. Johnson netted his second goal of the year, which marks a career-high for the senior, while Bhathena registered his first collegiate point with his assist in tonight's game.

- As a team, MIT outshot Clark by a 30-22 margin and held a 7-5 edge in corner kicks.

- Cowham (6-7-5), who played every minute in net for the Engineers this fall, made a career-high nine saves in between the pipes, while Maguire (6-5-4) stopped the ball 12 times to lift the hosts to victory.

-Munroe notched his 14th goal of the season while Feshbach-Meriney added his second tally.

- Tonight's match marked the first tie between MIT and Clark since 2007. In the all-time series, MIT remains out-front with a 31-17-3 advantage since 1921. Tonight, also marked the fourth time in which Clark and MIT have met in the NEWMAC playoffs and first meeting in the postseason since 2007 as the ledger stands at 2-1-1 in favor of the Engineers in the four games played.

UP NEXT

- Clark advances to the NEWMAC semifinals where the Cougars will play the top-seeded Springfield College Pride on Saturday, November 4 at 12:00 p.m. in Springfield, while MIT sees its 2017 campaign come to a close at 6-7-5.

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