Men’s Soccer Fights off Emerson, 5-2

By Emerson College Sports Information

BOSTON, Mass. – MIT scored four second-half goals within a span of just over 21 minutes to defeat Emerson College, 5-2, in a non-conference contest at Emerson's Rotch Field. Zachary Kabelac and Christian Therkelsen scored two goals each for the Engineers, who improved to 4-2 on the year.

Emerson opened the scoring less than five minutes into the contest when Rafael Restrepo headed in a corner kick by Eric Dabdoub. Kabelac answered with an unassisted tally on a shot from the center that just eluded Lions’ goalkeeper Noah Price.

The first half was extremely tight and well played as each team had seven shots and Emerson held a 4-3 advantage in corner kicks.

Kabelac put the Engineers ahead courtesy of an unassisted tally during a scramble in front of the net. Less than three minutes later, Therkelsen notched an unassisted marker off a free kick.

Mike Giles cut Emerson’s deficit in half (3-2) with an unassisted score off a rebound of MIT goalkeeper Ernesto Reza in the 71st minute. Just over five minutes later, Kabelac set up Therkelsen for a breakaway score. Edner Paul capped the scoring with a breakaway of his own in the 81st minute.

The Engineers held a 14-11 edge in shots in the game and a 6-5 edge in corner kicks. Price made five saves for Emerson, while Javier Duarte and Reza combined for four for the Engineers.