WALTHAM, Mass. – Lee Russo's two goals powered Brandeis University to a 2-0 victory over MIT in a non-conference men's soccer game on Monday night. With the loss, the Engineers dipped to 4-2 on the year while the Judges improved to 4-1.
MIT senior goalkeeper Dylan Rankin (Providence, R.I.) denied Brandeis on its first attempt at net in the 11th minute. On a free kick from Joe Eisenbies just outside the box, Rankin made a diving stop to his right at the far post. Russo put Brandeis on the board when he headed in a cross from Sam Ocel in the 18th minute. Rankin kept the Engineers within striking distance as he turned away a pair of shots from Russo and then came out of nowhere to stone Tyler Savonen. Sophomore Jonathan Tebes (Hamden, Conn.) provided the Cardinal and Gray with its first shot on goal late in the frame but Blake Minchoff preserved the shutout.
The visitors almost got on the board in the 57th minute. Senior Zach Kabelac (Potomac, Md.) unleashed a strike but it was stopped by Minchoff. The rebound went across the goalmouth and was corralled by Tebes, but Minchoff made a diving save to thwart the scoring attempt. Both teams made charges at the net throughout the half, but it was the Judges who found success with 1.7 seconds left to play. With Rankin out of position, Russo lofted a high ball from midfield which bounced once and crossed the goal line before time expired.
Rankin finished the night with seven saves while Minchoff had four.
MIT continues non-conference play on Wednesday, Sept. 21 when it travels to Roger Williams University for the first meeting between both programs.