Men's Soccer - Mon, Oct. 2, 2017
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(Oct. 2, 2017 - Howell, Mich.) -- The Cleary men's soccer team is simply unbeatable at home. After a clampdown defensively on the Cougars of the University of St. Francis, the Cougars of Cleary moved to 7-4 overall and 5-0 at home after a 2-0 win Monday. 

A beautiful give-and-go from Hassan Mursal (Jr. - Portland, Ore.) and Johnny Cabral (So. - Brampton, Ont.) resulted in Cabral scoring his fifth goal of the season while giving Cleary a 1-0 lead at the 19 minute mark of the game. The assist was the first of the season, and the first in his Cleary career, for Mursal. 

A little more than two minutes later the Cougars extended their lead to 2-0 after a centering pass from Jordan Veiga (Sr. - Kitchener, Ont.) was slammed home by Hector Aguirre (Jr. - Toledo, Ohio). The goal was Aguirre's fourth of the season, and like Mursal, Veiga picked up his first assist of the 2017 campaign. 

While the goals were obviously huge, the story was how the Cougars essentially didn't allow any offensive movement by St. Francis until there was approximately five minutes remaining in the first half, and even then, the effort didn't produce quality chances. 

The second half was more evenly played as far as ball control, but even then St. Francis had little in the way of quality opportunities to break the shutout. Marc Hodges (Jr. - Cambridge, Ont.) faced only one shot on goal the entire game and there were only three other shots of any kind from St. Francis. 

On the other end, Cleary fired off seven shots on goal from 14 total shots. 

The game was the first ever between the two teams while allowing Cleary to finish the year with a 2-1 record against members of the Crossroads League, an NAIA conference featuring Spring Arbor University, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) and several schools from Indiana. Earlier in the year, Cleary fell to Bethel College 4-0 and then beat Mt. Vernon 2-1 in double overtime. 

Next up for Cleary (7-4-0) will be a road trip to play Rochester College on Wednesday. The Cougars ahve won their last three meetings against the Warriors. To close out the week, Cleary will play their Homecoming matchup against Davenport University's reserve squad on Saturday. Davenport, a former NAIA program, is in its first year as a member of the NCAA Division II. The men will play at approximately 3:00 p.m. after the conclusion of the women's game against Lake Michigan College, that will begin at 1:00 p.m.