MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Clark University men's soccer team suffered its second shutout in as many days as the Cougars were blanked by Wesleyan University, 3-0, in a non-conference showdown at Jackson Field on Sunday afternoon.
Scores: Cardinals 3, Cougars 0
Records: Clark University (6-4) | Wesleyan University (4-1-2)
How it Happened:
The early-billing for the non-conference matchup was offense vs. defense as the Cougars had produced 22 goals going into the day while the Cardinals had surrendered just two, including five shutouts through six games.
Knowing of the potency in the Clark University offense, the Cardinals played with intensity on the attacking end themselves and the result was early chances for both teams, starting with the first shot of the game coming just 34 seconds in by the host.
Wesleyan University went onto gain the advantage in the 10th minute of action as Nicholas Wallick received a through ball in open space before taking it the remaining 20 yards to score the go-ahead marker.
Clark University tallied five shots until the end of the first half but was unable to get anything past Teddy Lowen in the Cardinals' net. Early on in the second half, Wesleyan doubled up its lead when Matthew Rubenstein took a feed from Jack Wolf inside the box before working around his defender and taking a left-footed shot to the lower right corner of the target for the 2-0 score.
In the 86th minute of regulation, Wesleyan padded their lead and sealed up the non-conference triumph as Steven Perchuk launched a throw-in pass from the sidelines up to Mike Gallo just outside the offensive box, with the Cardinals forward winning the foot race for the loose ball before curving his shot out of the reach of Cougars junior goalkeeper Marco White (Manhattan Beach, Calif.).
Despite the 3-0 final, White was solid in net for the Cougars as the junior came up with seven saves, with the three goals being set up by precise passing in the open field from the Cardinals. Wesleyan maintained an 18-14 lead in shots en route to the victory, with the teams locked at corner kicks at five apiece.
The Cougars are back in action Tuesday, October 1st when they travel to Emerson College for a non-conference matchup at 7:00 pm.