NORTON, Mass. -- The Clark University men's soccer team dropped a closely-contested 1-0 match on Saturday afternoon as JD Souza's marker in the 52nd minute proved enough for Wheaton to earn their first victory in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) of the season.
Score: Lyons 1, Cougars 0
Records: Clark University (6-3-0, 1-1-0 NEWMAC) | Wheaton College (4-5-1, 1-1-0 NEWMAC)
How it Happened:
The Cougars offense seemed to be clicking early on as the team held a 10-4 margin in shots throughout the opening half. The bulk of that work coming in the final 15 minutes before the intermission as Sean Munroe (Silver Spring, MD.) booted three shots with the team totaling six attempts before heading into the locker room.
Wheaton flipped the script during the second half as it clamped down defensively and upped the pressure on the offensive end, gaining its lead in the 52nd minute of regulation. On the game-winning scoring play, sophomore Antonio Rogliano delivered a well-placed centering pass in the box to Souza, who ripped his shot to the vacated net to record his second goal of the season and the 1-0 final score.
With the loss, the Cougars streak of eight straight games with at least one goal comes to an end as the team had yet to be shutout this season. The first netminder to do it in 2019, Wheaton sophomore Diego Medina, turned aside all four shots he saw to improve his season record to 3-3-1.
The Cougars have a quick turnaround as they return to the pitch Sunday, September 29th with a non-conference showdown on the road against Wesleyan.