Babson Park, Mass. - November 5, 2016 - Benefitting from junior Cam Powell's (Housatonic, Mass.) second goal of the game with 4:53 left in the first overtime period, the Springfield College men's soccer program came from behind to pick up a 3-2 overtime victory over Clark University in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship Semifinals on Saturday afternoon at Hartwell Rogers Field on the campus of Babson College.
With the win, the second-seeded Pride improve to 17-1-1 on the year, and will advance to the NEWMAC Championship for the first time since 2011, where it will take on fourth-seeded Wheaton College at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The loss drops third-seeded Clark to 14-5 on the year. The Pride dominated the possession game as it outshot the Cougars, 31-10, in the contest, while also posting seven corner kicks to Clark's two.
In net, senior goalkeeper Zach Richard (Millbury, Mass.) notched four saves in the win, while his counterpart, Connor Maguire (Dunstable, Mass.) made 10 stops on the afternoon. With his game-winning assist, junior midfielder Danny Murphy (Old Saybrook, Conn.) broke the program record for assists in a single season, as he now has 12 on the year.
Clark got on the board just 3:23 into the contest, when a Springfield College foul in its own box resulted in a penalty kick for the Cougars. Senor forward Zack Blais (Tiverton, R.I.) stepped up and tucked a shot into the left corner to give Clark an early 1-0 lead.
Just 12:02 later, Springfield College evened the score at one apiece when Luke Alvaro (Chicopee, Mass.) reached the box on a throw in, that was collected by sophomore midfielder Brad Deckel (Lansdale, Pa.) who took a shot that was blocked, but junior defender Harrison Davis (Merrick, N.Y.) got to the loose ball and found the back of the net to make it 1-1.
Clark would regain the lead with 3:05 to play in the first half when Sean Munroe (Silver Spring, Md.) sent a ball across the top of the box to an open Mana Chavali (Brookline, Mass.), who took a touch to his right and ripped a shot into the left corner to make it 2-1 at the half.
The Pride put on the pressure to open the second half, and finally evened the score at two goals apiece with 24:19 remaining, when Xavi Arroyo (Concord, Mass.) sent a cross into the box that was caught up to and finished by Powell for his eighth goal of the season, making it 2-2.
After a scoreless remainder of regulation, Springfield College received a flurry of chances in the first overtime period, but a Clark foul deep in its own end resulted in a direct free kick for Murphy, who sent a cross into the box that was headed past Magure by Powell to lift the Pride to victory.