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September 24, 2011

 

CLARK’S GAME-SAVING PENALTY KICK STOP PRESERVES, 2-1, WIN OVER UMASS BOSTON
Anchormen Switch Off Beacons for First Conference Win

Providence, RI-Rhode Island College senior goalkeeper Nick Clark (East Bridgewater, MA) made the save of the season on Saturday afternoon, stopping a penalty kick attempt from Beacon sophomore forward Stefanos Galouzis (Watertown, MA) with 56 seconds remaining to preserve a 2-1 victory over UMass Boston in Little East Conference men’s soccer action.

 

 

 Senior goalkeeper Nick Clark

 

After a first half that was dominated by defense, both teams forced the issue offensively in the second stanza. The two squads each had a handful of opportunities in the second frame, but it was RIC (4-4, 1-1 LEC) that would find the back of the net first. Freshman defender Patrick LaRoche (Gardner, MA) got the play started in the 79th minute with a throw-in that bounced around in front of the net. None of the Beacon defenders were able to clear and freshman forward Emmanuel Asiedu (Lincoln, RI) picked up the loose ball and laced it past UMass Boston (4-3, 0-2 LEC) junior netminder Brycen Dowd (Mansfield, MA) for his first collegiate goal.

 

 

 Freshman forward Emmanuel Asiedu

 

The Anchormen took advantage of another opportunity in the 82nd minute when senior midfielder Hector Espildora Fortuno (Malaga, Spain) lined up for a corner kick. The senior found sophomore midfielder Ignacio Cespedes (Fitchburg, MA) seven yards out from the net, and he headed it home for what proved to be the eventual game-winning goal. For Cespedes, it was his team-high fifth goal of the season, which is also tied for the lead in the Little East.

 

Coming off of the RIC goal, the Beacons fought back to make things interesting as UMass Boston peppered Clark with a series of shots in an attempt to get on the board. Finally, the Beacons put one past Clark in the 87th minute after RIC failed to clear a corner kick attempt. Freshman midfielder Douglas Silviera (Revere, MA) pounced on a loose ball and immediately fed junior defender Craig Laugelle (Cohasset, MA) to make it 2-1.

 

UMass Boston continued with the aggression on offense in the final minutes and it led to the game’s most decisive play. Junior midfielder Victor Rosario (Newton, MA) broke through the Anchormen defense and was in alone against Clark before he was blatantly taken down from behind in the box. UMB was awarded a penalty kick opportunity and Galouzis was chosen for the attempt. With his back to the net, Galouzis quickly turned around and fired a line drive to Clark’s right, but the senior made a spectacular, sliding save with his feet to thwart the UMass Boston rally. It was the second save of the season on a penalty kick for Clark (4-4), who finished with five saves. Dowd (4-3) stopped five shots in the loss.

 

In upcoming action, the Anchormen host Framingham State in a non-conference matchup on Wednesday evening (6 p.m.)

 

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