KEENE, NH. -- The Clark University men's soccer team saw its five-game winning streak come to an end Wednesday night as Keene State found the net twice in the opening 15:34 of play, before holding onto a 2-1 score to hand the Cougars their first loss since September 4th.
Score: Owls 2, Cougars 1
Records: Clark University (6-2-0) | Keene State (7-1-0)
How it Happened:
The Owls used a pair of first-half goals to pilot them to the non-conference victory, threatening the net right from the start of the game as Melvin Vincent (Rochester, Mass.) faced a pair of shots in the opening five minutes of action. In the sixth minute, Keene State took the advantage as LJ Luster connected with Connor Downey on a through ball in open space, with Downey maneuvering around the Cougars' netminder to take the 1-0 lead.
Keene State continued its push offensively, netting the eventual game-winner less than ten minutes after the first marker. The Owls took advantage of a corner kick opportunity as Isaiah Lovering came up with the bouncing ball in the box, heading in his first marker of the season to double up the lead for the host.
Clark University went onto halve the gap just before the end of the first-half as Cougars' career-points leader Sean Munroe (Silver Spring, MD.) found the ball inside the box off a deflection, ricocheting his shot off the post and into the net for his team-leading seventh goal of the year.
The Cougars and Owls were evenly-matched throughout the second half with both teams recording eight shots throughout the final 45 minutes. In the 75th minute, Keene State freshman James McCully was issued his second yellow card of the contest, giving Clark University 15 minutes of play with the man-up advantage. But despite more open space on the field, the Cougars were unable to get one past Owls' netminder Anthony Pasciuto who stonewalled a pair of shots down the stretch to preserve the 2-1 victory for the host.
Vincent hung tough in net for the Cougars despite taking his first loss of the year as the junior recorded nine saves to keep his team within striking distance while Munroe extended his New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) lead for goals and points.
The road trip continues for Clark University on Saturday, September 28th when the Cougars travel to take on NEWMAC foe Wheaton College at 2:00 pm.