GORHAM, Maine – In the first meeting between both programs, the MIT men's soccer team defeated the University of Southern Maine, 7-0, in the opening game of the Southern Maine Soccer Classic on Friday afternoon. Senior Zach Kabelac (Potomac, Md.) posted the third hat-trick of his career as the Engineers registered their 11th straight season-opening victory.
Kabelac's natural hat-trick began after 5:50 elapsed when he headed in the rebound of senior Max Stein-Golenbock's (Boston, Mass.) shot from six yards out. Exactly 12 minutes later, Kabelac capitalized on a misplay by Huskie goalie Jeremy Turner and flicked the ball in from 12 yards away. MIT increased its advantage to 3-0 in the next 35 seconds as Kabelac connected on a feed from sophomore Jonathan Tebes (Hamden, Conn.). In the 30th minute following a corner kick, junior Chris Hammond (Wilmington, Del.) found freshman Nick Diamantoni (Belle Mead, N.J.) for the goal.
The Engineers' margin grew to 5-0 just 48 seconds into the second stanza when freshman John Kramer (Glastonbury, Conn.) took advantage of a miscue by the backline and beat goalie Ian Dollen-Oliveto for his first intercollegiate marker. Fellow classmate Alexander Dago (Chicago, Ill.) converted a feed from Hammond in the 58th minute while Kramer notched the final goal of the game two minutes later.
The Engineers will square off with St. Joseph's College of Maine on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 3:45 p.m. to conclude the tournament.