WORCESTER, Mass. – Clark University men's soccer earned a dramatic win Saturday as first-year Noah Gregerman (Silver Spring, MD.) booted the game-winning goal with four seconds left in the opening overtime session to lift the Cougars to a 1-0 victory against Springfield College in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). The marker was the first in the college career for Gregerman and helped snap a nine-game winless streak against the Pride.
Score: Cougars 1, Pride 0 (OT)
Records: Clark University (8-4-0, 2-1 NEWMAC) | Springfield College (3-8-1, 1-2-0 NEWMAC)
How It Happened:
The two teams were evenly matched during the first half with neither able to separate from the stingy defense of the opponent. The Pride led the shot total 11-5 throughout the opening 45 minutes with Melvin Vincent (Rochester, Mass.) standing tall in net for the Cougars with seven saves.
In the 36th minute, Vincent had one of his most impressive stops of the day as the junior held his ground with two members of the Pride barreling down on him, stonewalling a shot in the box from Jack Rosenberg to keep it 0-0. With 30 seconds left in the half, Vincent's heroics showed again as the netminder denied a one-on-one chance from Jaxson Tamulaites to preserve the scoreless start to the contest.
Clark University upped its intensity on the offensive side during the second half as the Cougars fired off 13 shots to just three from the Pride. But just like Vincent did in the first half, Springfield first-year Chris Prizo kept the Cougars scoreless, halting seven shots to hold off a spirited attack.
In the 65th minute, the Cougars had a golden-opportunity with Prizo absent from the net and Sean Munroe (Silver Spring, MD.) gathering the ball on his right foot inside the box. Munroe's shot was put on-target, but not before defenseman Timothy Brereton reacted to the vacancy, using his header to turn aside the Cougars' best chance of the game to that point.
In the overtime stanza, Clark University and Springfield managed just one shot apiece, but the Cougars attempt ended up being the game-winner. It started as Griffin Smith (Austin, TX.) looked to head home a long throw-in to the box by Trevor Sheridan (Massapequa Park, N.Y.), but instead of sending it on target, the ball went to Gregerman who timed up his shot perfectly and cashed in for the decisive marker and his first collegiate goal.
With the victory on Saturday, the Cougars snapped a nine-game winless streak against the Springfield Pride, with the last one coming October 5th, 2009 in a 2-1 overtime result.
Clark University returns to the pitch on October 9 when it travels to Fitchburg State for a 4:00 pm non-conference matchup at Elliot Field.