Worcester, Mass. - October 5, 2019 - The Springfield College men's soccer team was edged in overtime by Clark, 1-0, on Saturday in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) showdown on Granger Field.
The loss drops Springfield's record to 3-8-1, 1-2 in NEWMAC play, while the Cougars improve to 8-4, 2-1.
Clark owned a 19-15 advantage in shots for the game, despite Springfield holding an 11-5 cushion in the opening 45 minutes of play. Clark held a slight 8-7 edge in corner kicks, including 7-2 in the second half.
Chris Prizio (Trumbull, Conn.) made eight saves in goal for Springfield and his counterpart, Melvin Vincent, made nine saves to pick up the shutout victory.
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 (Simsbury, Conn.) 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 (Bristol, R.I.) to preserve the scoreless start to the contest.
In the 65th minute, the Cougars had a golden-opportunity with Prizo absent from the net and Sean Munroe gathering the ball on his right foot inside the box. Munroe's shot was put on-target, but not before defenseman Timothy Brereton (Staten Island, N.Y.) 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 looked to head home a long throw-in to the box by Trevor Sheridan, but instead of sending it on target, the ball went to Noah Gregerman who timed up his shot perfectly and cashed in for the decisive marker.
Springfield will play at MIT next Saturday in another NEWMAC game scheduled to start at 1 pm.
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