October 8, 2008




Men’s Soccer Suffers First Loss in 36 Days


Worcester, MA—Clark University junior midfielder Andrew Ninnemann (Menlo Park, CA) scored in the 95th minute to lift the Cougars past Rhode Island College, 1-0, in overtime in collegiate men’s soccer action on Wednesday evening.




RIC loses for the first time in over a month, falling to 6-4-2 on the season. Head Coach John Mello’s club came into tonight’s action riding an eight-game unbeaten streak, having not lost since Sept. 2. Clark raises its record to 7-3-2.



The two teams battled to a scoreless tie through regulation. Senior forward Mike Trobagis (Acton, MA) set up the game-winner with a shot from 25 yards out on the right flank. The ball came loose and Ninnemann tapped it into the open net.


The Anchormen held a one shot advantage in the game, 11-10. Sophomore midfielder Jason Garcia (Providence, RI) and freshman forward Bruno Costa (Pawtucket, RI) led RIC with four and three shots, respectively.


Clark’s Jenner Alpern (Towson, MD) and Preben Gietz (Waterloo, Belgium) had consecutive scoring chances denied by RIC junior goalkeeper Cory Rocha (Riverside, RI) with just over four minutes remaining. Seconds later, the Cougars had a chance to take the lead with the goalie out of position, but the ball was cleared by RIC defenders to keep the game at a deadlock.


The Anchormen had their best chance to win it in the extra session, but Garcia’s close range shot was smothered by Clark senior netminder Peter Wise (Providence, RI)


Rocha made four saves as his record falls to 1-2. Wise made three saves to earn his sixth shutout and seventh (7-3-2) win.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume the Little East Conference circuit at Keene State on Saturday, Oct. 11.