WORCESTER, Mass. – MIT men's soccer closed out its regular season with a win against Clark, 3-0, on Saturday afternoon, securing the fifth and final spot in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship. Sophomore John Kramer (Glastonbury, Conn.) scored the game-winning goal off a penalty kick eight minutes into the first half. The Engineers are now 11-4-1 for the season and 2-3-1 in conference play, while the Cougars dipped to 8-10 for the season and 0-6 in NEWMAC games.
With a one-goal advantage in the first half, the Engineers continued to play aggressively; they outshot the Cougars, 9-6, but only three of them needed to be saved by keeper Ryan King. Freshman goalie Jake Amereno (Commack, N.Y.) also made three saves, all within the first 14 minutes of play. In the 25th minute, senior Ben Lewis (West Hartford, Conn.) broke through the defense and fired a shot at King, who was able to push the ball over the crossbar. With 30 ticks left on the clock, sophomore Alexander Dago (Chicago, Ill.) gathered a loose ball out in front of the net and shot past King, giving MIT a 2-0 lead over Clark going into the second half.
Just five minutes into the second period, sophomore Nick Diamantoni (Belle Mead, N.J.) scored his fourth goal of the season following a cross from freshman Sean Bingham (Garden City, N.Y.). MIT, again, outshot the Cougars, 7-4, and both King and Amereno had to only make one save. When the remaining 45 minutes finally ran out, the Engineers were left victorious with a score of 3-0.
MIT will next play Wheaton at the quarterfinals of the NEWMAC championship on Wednesday, Oct. 31.