MSOC: Cougars Comeback for 4-3 Double Overtime Victory over MIT

Photo: Katie Morrison
Photo: Katie Morrison

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Clark University men's soccer team picked up a huge road victory Saturday afternoon as senior Trevor Sheridan (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) net the game-tying goal in the waning minutes of regulation before striking again with the game-winner in double overtime to complete a gutsy comeback over MIT in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action at Steinbrenner Stadium. 

The Basics

Score: Cougars 4, Engineers 3 (2OT)

Records: Clark University 11-4-0 (4-1-0 NEWMAC) | MIT 7-2-5 (2-1-2 NEWMAC)

How It Happened

The Engineers took a 2-0 lead early on but that wasn't enough to prevent the Cougars from coming back. The first goal of the game was from MIT and scored at the 10-minute mark. Their lead was extended at the 17th minute mark when Alex Weiler notched his second goal of the match. Clark entered halftime down, 2-0, and looked to turn it around when they returned following the intermission.

It wasn't until the 76th minute a response came from the Cougars, as they got a ball passed MIT's goalie to make it 2-1. Brian Brennan (Stoneham, Mass.) scored the important first goal for Clark, assisted by Sean Munroe (Silver Spring, Md. ) and Sheridan.

Just three minutes later, MIT scored what looked like a crucial free-kick goal to grab the 3-1 lead. Clark wasn't done just yet though as they knew there was still time left on the clock. Alex Maiorano (Shrewsbury, Mass.) was able to score on a low cross fed to him by Munroe in the 84th minute. Riding the momentum of the team's second goal, Clark came back with an equalizing marker just 50 seconds later. Sheridan was able to tie the game 3-3 off of a pair of touch passes by Brennan and Munroe. The exciting late-goal pushed the action into overtime and gave Clark a chance to finish off the match.

After the first overtime resulted in two shots for MIT and no shots for Clark, the second overtime ended differently. Clark put up four shots and their defense gave up just one from the opponent. In the 106th minute, the Cougars got the game-winner as a cross was sent toward the goal with Sheridan heading in the cross to the top-left corner of the target. 

Melvin Vincent (Rochester, Mass.) improved his record to 8-3 on the year as he saved 6 shots on the day for the Cougars. Clark had 19 shots on the day and the home team ended the match with 24 shots. Clark still remains in the top spot of the NEWMAC standings with the vital win, as MIT falls to fourth place.

Up Next

Clark travels to Babson next Saturday, October 26th for a match-up of the top two records in the conference. That match starts at 2:00 pm in Babson Park, Mass.

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