MIT Men's Soccer Falls to Brandeis, 2-1, in Overtime

Sophomore Austin Freel
Sophomore Austin Freel

WALTHAM, Mass. - After going into overtime following a 1-1 game, the MIT men's soccer team fell to Brandeis University in the 93rd minute of play with a score of 2-1. The Engineers, who were ranked ninth in New England in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll, dipped to 2-1 for the season, while the Judges, who were ranked third in the same poll, are now 3-0. Sophomore Austin Freel (San Diego, Calif.) scored Tech's lone goal for the day and his third of the season, tying him for first on the team.

As they did in both games that they played in New York this past weekend, the Engineers started the game off aggressively, getting control of the ball right away and putting it dangerously close to the opposing team's goal. Sixteen seconds in, sophomore Sean Bingham (Garden City, N.Y.) shot  at the net but was blocked by Brandeis' defense. Senior Matthew Monheit (Abington, Pa.) fired the ball at keeper Joe Graffy, who had to spring into action to save the ball, knocking it out of play.

Just nine minutes in, Freel received a pass from Monheit outside the box and buried it deep in the back of the net, giving Tech a 1-0 lead. MIT were not able to hold onto the lead for long, however, as Tudor Livadaru scored Brandeis' first goal of the game off a free kick from the left side of the field outside of the box that flew to the upper right corner of the net at the 28 minute mark. Sophomore goalie Jake Amereno (Commack, N.Y.) and Graffy did not see too much action for the remainder of the half, only making one save apiece before the period ended.

With a score of 1-1 going into the second period, both teams returned to the field with even more intensity than before. Amereno was kept busy throughout the half, having to make four saves to keep the score equalized. Both teams' defense made it impossible to get closer to the net and, with no time left on the clock, the game went into overtime.

Immediately upon starting the first overtime period, Freel took a shot at the net that was saved by Graffy. The ball was turned over to Brandeis and, at 93:50, the Judges' Evan Jastremki scored the game-winning goal, ending the game.

The Engineers were outshot 16-7, being held to only two shots throughout the second and the overtime periods. Amereno spent all 93:50 minutes in net, having to make five saves total, while Gaffey only had to save three.

MIT will host its first home game of the season on Saturday, Sept. 7, facing Wentworth Institute of Technology at 2:00 p.m.