BRIDGEWATER, Mass. - After falling a goal behind within minutes of the start of the game, the MIT men's soccer team fought hard to equalize the score but was ultimately defeated by Bridgewater State University on the road on Wednesday evening. The Bears are now 2-2 for the season, while the Engineers, who were ranked ninth for the second week in a row in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) regional poll, dipped to 3-2.
Just four minutes into the first half, Craig Shadduck put Bridgewater State on the board when his shot hit off the crossbar and rolled in behind junior goalkeeper Sam Cannon (Scarsdale, N.Y.). Falling a goal behind so early in the game, the Engineers turned up the intensity, hoping to equalize the score.
Sophomore Austin Freel (San Diego, Calif.) fired at the net three times within a span of five minutes, two of them going just wide of the net and the other having to be saved by keeper Matt Bagely. Cannon was kept busy for the rest of the period, making four saves during the rest of the half.
Immediately after returning to the field for the second half, Shadduck took another shot at the goal but the ball was saved by Cannon. The junior goalie, who had to make four more saves throughout the rest of the half, spent all 90 minutes in net, his first time playing the entire game this season. Cannon's most impressive save came when Colin Neri shot at the net with under a minute remaining in the game, making sure to not allow the Bears to score another goal. With such little time left on the clock, however, time elapsed, revealing Bridgewater State as the winners.
MIT was outshot 14-8, being held to only two shots during the second period. Cannon had to make nine saves during the game, while Bagley only had to save one that was shot by Freel early in the first half. Freel led the Engineers with four shots at net, while juniors Alexander Dago (Chicago, Ill.), Nikolas Albarran (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Nicholas Diamantoni (Boca Raton, Fla.), and sophomore Sean Bingham (Garden City, N.Y.) took one shot apiece.
This was just the first of three consecutive road games that the Engineers will play. Next up, MIT will travel to Bristol, R.I. to face Roger Williams University on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 7:00 p.m. Tech will then open New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play by facing league-newcomer Emerson College on Saturday, Sept. 21. MIT will not play another home game until Saturday, Sept. 28.