ONEONTA, N.Y. – After being behind by three goals at the end of the first half, the MIT men's soccer team lost to SUNY Oneonta, 4-2, in the first round of NCAAs. This is only the third time in program history that the Engineers have made it to the tournament, the last time being in 2008. They wrapped up their season with a record of 13-5-2.
In the 61st minute, freshman Sean Bingham (Garden City, N.Y.) put MIT on the board, scoring his 16th goal of the season, which has him tied for first in the NEWMAC. He was in the right place at the right time to collect a loose ball in the box that came off keeper Daniel DeBottis and put the ball into the back of the net.
The game got interesting in the 67th minute when the Engineers got one goal closer to evening the score. Sophomore John Kramer (Glastonbury, Conn.) redirected a crossing pass from the right flank by junior Matthew Monheit (Abington, Pa.). Nine minutes later, however, the Red Dragons scored once again, giving them a 4-2 lead with less than 15 minutes remaining in the game. With too little time to close the gap, MIT ultimately fell to Oneonta.
MIT outshot the Red Dragons, 11-10. At the close of his first NCAA tournament appearance, freshman goalie Jake Amereno (Commack, N.Y.) came away with one save, while DeBottis had three.