September 29, 2012

MIT Men's Soccer Ties Wheaton in Double OT, 1-1

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT men's soccer tied with New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) rival Wheaton after going into double overtime, leaving the score at the end of 110 minutes at 1-1. The Engineers' record is now 6-2-1 and the Lyons' is 6-3-1.

In the first half, MIT took 10 shots at goal, two of which were saved by goalkeeper Matt Dickey, while Wheaton made six attempts and only two needed to be saved by sophomore goalie Sam Cannon (Scarsdale, N.Y.). The score remained at 0-0 until the 33rd minute when Kai Gooden scored Wheaton's first goal. MIT tried to retaliate, taking four shots at goal in the last 10 minutes, but all attempts were thwarted and the first half ended with the Lyons ahead, 1-0.

MIT remained behind, but eager to catch up, until the 82nd minute when sophomore John Kramer (Glastonbury, Conn.), who had already shot at the goal three times since the start of the game, scored MIT's first goal of the afternoon, tying the game with less than eight minutes remaining. Neither team was able to score another goal before the clock ran out, so they were forced into overtime.

In the first overtime period, both MIT and Wheaton shot at the goal twice and Dickey and Cannon each had to save one ball, but the score remained at 1-1. In the second overtime period, the Engineers shot at Dickey six times, four of them by Kramer, but none of them got close enough to Dickey to need to be saved. With two more saves by Cannon, the 110 minute game ended in a tie.

Throughout the game, Kramer took an impressive 10 shots on goal. Freshman Sean Bingham (Garden City, N.J.) was not far behind with six and he was followed by senior Matthew Monheit (Abington, Pa.) with five.

MIT will return to action when it travels to Salve Regina University on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 7:00 p.m., while the Lyons will travel to Brandeis the following day.