CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Ben Lewis's header on a cross by Adriel Fidone sailed into the left side of the net in the 108th minute to give the MIT men's soccer team a 2-1 victory over Emerson College on Wednesday. With the win, the Engineers improved to 2-2-0 on the year while the Lions saw their ledger dip to 1-1-0.
Emerson almost got on the board three minutes into the contest when Eric Dabdoub had a breakaway opportunity, but his shot barely sailed over the crossbar. About 20 minutes later, a defensive miscue by MIT created an open net and allowed Alex Sypsomos to corral the ball. By the time he got a shot off, his kick came from a narrow angle and resulted in the ball landing outside of the net.
With 19 minutes left in the half, the Engineers' Zachary Kabelac sent a strike from 30 yards out that grazed the crossbar. Christian Therkelsen gathered the ensuing rebound, but his heel kick was collected by Lions' netminder Noah Price. MIT's next scoring opportunity came a minute later when off a corner kick, Joey DeRosa sent a low shot from outside the box through the crowd which was ultimately smothered by Price. Sypsomos nearly ended the deadlock with less than three minutes remaining before the break, but his long shot nicked the crossbar.
The Lions wasted little time finding the back of the net in the second stanza as they scored after 31 seconds elapsed. Mike Giles sent a throughball to Jacob Lawrence who was surrounded by a pair of defenders. After battling through both players, he sent a low rolling shot to the inside of the far post for his second goal of the season.
The Engineers' responded by maintaining possession for a majority of the frame. Therkelsen's service on a corner kick was headed by Kabelac but it was punched out by Price. The rebound ricocheted in the box and following a flurry of shots Emerson cleared the ball. On a counterattack in the 58th minute, Kabelac booted a blast from 25 yards away that was caught by a leaping Price before the ball could reach the top right corner of the net. Less than five minutes later, Price came up with another diving stop on a shot from Chris Hammond.
Emerson continued to thwart MIT's scoring attempts down the stretch while Lawrence almost tacked on an insurance goal with 2:07 left to play but his low shot was covered by Engineers' goalie Dylan Rankin. With under a minute to go, the Cardinal and Gray received a throw-in deep in the Lions' defensive zone. Lewis redirected the lob from DeRosa; however Price once again denied the hosts a goal. MIT was awarded another throw-in and this time DeRosa's toss bounced off of several Emerson defenders before landing at Kabelac's feet. He quickly booted the ball into the right side of the net for the equalizer with 19 seconds remaining in regulation.
Midway through the first extra session, Therkelsen sent a throughball which Kabelac chased down despite a diving attempt by Price to stop the pursuit. Kabelac crossed the ball to Therkelsen who faced an open net but he couldn't connect on the pass.
Early in the second overtime period, a blast by Dabdoub was blocked by MIT's defense. Matthew Monheit nearly scored the first game-winning goal of his career for the Engineers in the 107th minute, but his header off of Kevin Chou's corner kick was just wide of the goal. MIT maintained the momentum as it registered the decisive goal one minute later.
In net, Rankin grabbed four saves while Price finished with eight.
Both squads return to action on Saturday, Sept. 11. MIT will host Newbury College while Emerson opens up Great Northeast Atlantic Conference (GNAC) play at St. Joseph's College (Maine).