Men's Soccer Comes Up Golden In 3-2 OT Win

Men's Soccer Comes Up Golden In 3-2 OT Win

Worcester, Mass. – Sean Munroe (Silver Spring, Md.) headed home the golden goal less than three minutes into the first overtime sending host Clark University to a 3-2 win over Worcester-area rival Fitchburg State in non-league men's soccer action on a chilly Wednesday evening.

Game Information
Clark University 3, Fitchburg State 2 (OT)
Clark University 11-2; Fitchburg State 2-9-1
Granger Soccer Turf, Worcester, Mass.

How It Happened:
The Falcons actually got on the board first when in the tenth minute when Steven Martinez (Middlesex, N.J.) sent a ball through the Clark backline and connected with Matthew Krikorian (Groton, Mass.) who maneuvered around a defender and sent a low shot past a diving Alistair Richardson (Tolland, Conn.).

Clark evened the scored a little more than five minutes later when excellent passing from Munroe and Evan Jurkowski (Ludlow, Mass.) setup T.J. Zirkman (Freehold, N.J.) for his team-leading fifth tally of the season at 16:03.

The Cougars went ahead later in the first half when Jack Stark (Abington, Mass.) got control of a ball near the midfield stripe on the right side and sent a ball to Munroe near the top of the box. He was able to flick the ball over Falcon keeper Connor Smith (York, Maine) and then head the ball home into a wide open net at 31:40.

Undeterred, Fitchburg State knotted the score at 2-2 early in the second half when Camden McLaughlin (West Chesterfield, N.H.) slipped a pass from the endline to an uncovered Krikorian at the top right corner of the box who sent a shot that Richardson was unable to control for his second score of the night at 50:01.

Things stayed that way until the opening moments of the first extra session when Charlie Lane (Southboro, Mass.) took the ball near the endline on the right side and lofted a pass towards the middle of the box. Munroe was able to split a pair of defenders and bang home the game-winning marker into the back of the net at 92:47.

Man of the Match:
Munroe finished with a career-high five points while participating in all three Cougars goals on the night. For the record, he finished with two goals and one assist, giving him a team-leading 14 points so far this season (five goals, four assists).

Inside The Numbers:
In what was an extremely physical contest, the teams combined for 27 fouls and five yellow cards.

Coach Speak:
"Glad we were able to get the win in a physical game tonight at Granger Field," said Clark head coach Matt O'Toole. "Our perseverance was key in creating our scoring opportunities."

Up Next:
Clark will be in action next on Saturday when they host MIT in a crucial NEWMAC contest, while the Falcons visit Bridgewater State on Friday night.