Savoia's Overtime Game-Winner Completes Men's Soccer's Comeback at Clark

Chris Savoia

Worcester, MA --- In a game eerily similar to last year's thrilling contest, visiting WPI scored the match's final three goals – including the Chris Savoia's (Pembroke, MA) gamewinner late in the second overtime and escaped with a 3-2 win over Clark in the NEWMAC men's soccer opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon. 

With the win, the Engineers improve to 5-1 overall, while the Cougars, who opened the season with four straight victories, slide to 4-2. 

In last year's meeting of the crosstown rivals, it was WPI jumping out to a 2-0 lead before the Cougars stormed back for the 3-2 win, capped by an Alexander Herlich (Andover, MA) goal in the 86th minute. 

Clark, which entered today's game ranked No. 8 in the most recent NSCAA New England poll, scored both of its goals in the first half and junior Gianluca Ranallo (Scarsdale, NY) was right in the middle of both. 

First he delivered his league-leading fourth assist of the season when Josh Demers (Warwick, RI) banged home his cross a little more than ten minutes into the contest. 

Then, in the 38th minute he scored his first goal of the season off of a feed from Herlich, giving the Cougars a 2-0 edge. 

WPI began its comeback when Jason Hopkins (Mendon, MA) recorded his team-leading fifth marker of the season a little more than ten minutes into the second half. 

The equalizer for the Engineers came in the 85th minute when freshman Conor Bolton (Warwick, R.I.) served a ball into the front of the net on a corner kick that classmate Eric Crevoiserat (Glastonbury, CT) snuck past Cougar keeper Ryan King (Brimfield, MA) for the game-tying goal. 

After a scoreless first overtime, the fourth frame seemed to be headed in that same direction until Chris Ciampa (Danvers, MA) found Chris Savoia (Pembroke, MA) for the game-winner at the 106:50 mark. 

The contest ended up pretty even across the stat sheet with WPI holding a 16-15 edge in shots and Clark leading in corner kicks 6-3. 

Both King and Engineer netminder Jeff Wong (Millington, NJ) made five saves. 

Clark will look to snap their two-game losing streak on Wednesday when they host Lasell, while WPI plays host to Fitchburg State on Wednesday as well.

Release courtesy Clark Sports Information