CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In the first regular-season meeting between both squads, nationally-ranked No. 19 Williams College defeated MIT, 1-0, in a non-conference men's soccer game on Saturday afternoon. Philip Vestergaard's lone marker in the 33rd minute held up as the Ephs improved to 4-1-1 on the year while the Engineers' ledger dipped to 4-5-0. MIT and Williams first played each other in the 2003 NCAA Regional Final, which was won by the Engineers in Williamstown.
Williams came out of the gates firing as Dan Lima unleashed a shot that sailed over the crossbar. MIT's best attempt of the opening half came in the 14th minute when a shot by senior Max Stein-Golenbock (Boston, Mass.) was blocked in the box by a defender. The loose ball rolled to the goal line and was smothered by goalie Than Finn at the last moment before it could get across.
The Ephs controlled the ball the majority of the frame and eventually ended the deadlock in the 33rd minute. A deep throw by Doug Weinrib from the far side landed in the box and was headed by Vestergaard to the nearside post. Williams nearly increased its margin with 1:25 remaining before the break on a Matt Kastner header at the top of the box. However, MIT senior goalie Dylan Rankin (Providence, R.I.) was in position to make the point blank save in midair.
The Engineers opened the second stanza with a low rolling shot by sophomore Tyler Singer-Clark (Falmouth, Mass.) from the far side that went across the goal mouth and just missed the near post. In the 61st minute, sophomore Jonathan Tebes (Hamden, Conn.) sent a strike from the far side that Finan covered at the post, denying MIT a follow-up attempt. On the counterattack, Lima chipped the ball past the defense into the box but Rankin grabbed it before he could make a second bid. Williams almost tallied an insurance goal in the 75th minute on a corner kick taken by Andres' Burbank-Crump. Off the booming kick in the box, Kastner headed the ball but it went right at Rankin's chest.
Although the Ephs had a 12-11 edge in shots, they registered an 8-4 advantage in shots on goal. Rankin finished with seven saves while Finan collected four.
MIT continues non-conference play on Wednesday, Oct. 5 when it hosts Salve Regina University while Williams resumes its eastern Massachusetts road trip tomorrow at Babson College.