CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In the inaugural meeting between both programs, the MIT men's soccer team defeated Wheelock College, 6-0. Eight different players earned a point as Christian Therkelsen led the way with two goals and an assist for the Engineers (5-2-0). With the loss, the Wildcats saw their record dip to 0-5-0.
MIT opened up the scoring after 2:16 expired. From the far side, Therkelsen sent a low pass to Zachary Kabelac who quickly redirected the ball with the inside of his right foot for his team-leading seventh goal. The Engineers extended their margin in the 22nd minute when Adriel Fidone headed in Kevin Chou's service on a corner kick.
Wheelock made a pair of charges at the net courtesy of passes played over the Cardinal and Gray's defense, but EJ Patch was unable to corral the ball. Max Kaim then followed with a blast which was stopped by MIT goalie Ernesto Reza.
The Engineers tacked on their final goal of the frame with 26 seconds on the clock. Matthew Monheit sent a cross into the box which Therkelsen headed in to give the hosts a 3-0 lead at the break.
The Therkelsen-Monheit connection returned in the 56th minute. On a corner kick, Therkelsen made a short pass to Monheit who quickly returned the ball to Therkelsen. After one touch, Therkelsen sent a strike with his right foot that curved around the defense and landed inside the far post. An unassisted effort by David Hawes in the 70th minute raised MIT's advantage to 5-0.
Wheelock threatened to end its scoring drought six minutes later as a 50-50 ball made its way into the box. The threat drew Reza off his line and forced him to make a leaping grab in a crowd to preserve the shutout bid.
In net, Victor Kashouh collected 11 saves while his back line blocked several shots which thwarted the Engineers' scoring attempts. Reza finished with one save and picked up his second shutout in as many starts this season.
Next up for MIT will be its New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener this Saturday at Springfield College. Wheelock returns to the field on Wednesday, Sept. 22 at non-conference foe Emmanuel College.