WELLESLEY, Mass. – The Clark University men's soccer team fell to Babson College at Hartwell-Rogers Field this afternoon in a 3-2 thriller. With the loss, the Cougars slip to third place in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).
Score: Beavers 3, Cougars 2
Records: Clark University 11-5-0 (4-2-0 NEWMAC) | Babson College 10-5-2 (4-0-2 NEWMAC)
How It Happened
The Beavers took the 1-0 lead early on in the 11th minute on a header off a rebounded shot from Alex Crompton. Clark had a response in the 36th minute just before the half as senior captain Sean Munroe (Silver Spring, Md.) took advantage of a penalty kick, tucking in a shot into the lower right corner to equalize at 1-1.
Babson gained the lead in the 54th minute of action as a misplayed ball by a Cougars' defender on a cross into the box resulted in an own goal from the visitors. Clark University recouped the goal ten minutes later as sophomore Brian Brennan (Stoneham, Mass.) kept pace with Munroe atop the team's goal-leaders. The play, which was started off from an assist on a throw-in from Trevor Sheridan (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) and finished off by a bicycle kick, knotted the score in the crucial NEWMAC match.
The Beavers would go onto strike for the game-winning goal in the 80th minute as Ben Holman ripped home a 15-yard shot following a touch pass from Crompton.
Cougars' junior goalkeeper Melvin Vincent (Rochester, Mass.) stopped eight of the 11 shots seen in a complete-game performance. Clark University was credited with 17 shots for the match while the host ended with 21 of their own.
Clark hosts cross-city rival WPI next Saturday, November 2nd. Clark looks to knock off WPI, who currently sit on top of the NEWMAC standings. That match begins at 11:00 am at Granger Field.