El Tambouly scores first goal for Panthers
WORCESTER, Mass. – Clark University scored a pair of goals less than five minutes apart late in the first half Wednesday evening and then held off a furious Plymouth State University rally and posted a 2-1 win in non-league men's soccer action.
The Cougars even their record at 7-7-2, while the Panthers have now dropped four straight and sit at 4-12.
Clark got on the board in the 38th minute when Matt Yalouris set up Oscar Zapata for his team-leading 10th goal of the season. The Cougars struck again when Zapata assumed the role of playmaker and found Maxwell Lopez for his first collegiate goal at 42:06, making the score, 2-0.
Things got interesting midway through the second half when Clark netminder Baran Cansever, who was seeing his first action of the season, went down with an injury at 67:46. Clark then went to Yalouris, who hadn't played in goal since he was eight years old, for the final 22:14. He adjusted well, chasing down loose balls in the box and intercepting an excellent cross late in the contest that helped preserve the win.
The Clark defense, along with Yalouris made it stand as they held on for the victory. The Cougars held a 10-7 advantage in shots and a 5-3 edge in corner kicks.
Junior Bjorn Ohlsson made four saves in net for the Panthers, including a sprawling denial on a Zapata rocket midway through the first half.
Clark will close out its regular season on Saturday with a road contest at Babson, while Plymouth State visits UMass-Boston on the same day.
(Courtesy of Clark Sports Information)
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