September 29, 2012

Bears Remain Perfect in NEWMAC Action

Worcester, Mass. – Visiting Coast Guard ran its winning streak to three straight with a defensive-minded 1-0 win over Clark University in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's soccer action on Saturday afternoon.

The Bears improve to 6-3 overall and sit tied atop the league standings with Babson at 3-0, while the Cougars have dropped three straight to slip to 4-6.

Clark had an excellent chance to take an early lead Oscar Zapata unleashed a blast that Bear goalkeeper Richie Burns was able to leap high and deflect over the crossbar in the ninth minute.

Coast Guard scored the game's lone goal in the 14th minute when Kyle Grell threw a ball into the box that Matthew Bogdancollected and snuck past Clark netminder Ryan King at 13:16.

Another excellent scoring chance for the Cougars came when Gianluca Ranallo maneuvered around a defender on the far endline and found Kyle Russo open in the box, but Russo's attempt sailed wide.

Not to be outdone, King made an incredible diving save of his own late in the first half on a Richard Davies blast in the 40th minute.

Clark's only true scoring chances in the second half came in a seven minute span and Kent Vorland was involved in both. First he had a shot turned back in spectacular fashion by Burns in the 67th minute. Then off of a corner kick, his header sailed just high over the crossbar in the 74th minute.

"it was great to get a win today on the road in the conference," said Coast Guard head coach Chris Parsons. "Due to wet conditions on Clark's great grass field, we were forced to play on their smaller, old fashioned turf.  It made it hard for both teams to play.  Clark adjusted better and had the better chances on the day.  However, great goalkeeping and timely finishing saw us through.  Bogdan took his goal well, and Burns was stellar in goal.  Three straight shutouts for us is important."

Remarkably, the Cougars held a 20-12 advantage in shots, but it was Burns who was the star of the day, making nine saves to record his third consecutive shutout and fourth of the year. King, meanwhile, was stellar as well, turning back seven shots.

The Cougars will look to snap their skid with a road contest at Eastern Nazarene on Wednesday, while the Bears return to the field on Monday with a visit to Johnson & Wales.

 

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