CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT's men soccer team kicked off their 2014 campaign with a 7-0 non-conference victory over Anna Maria College on Tuesday evening at Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium.
Seniors Bokil Lopez-Pineda (Eagan, Minn.) and Colin Hong (Honolulu, Hawaii) and junior Sean Bingham (Garden City, N.Y.) each netted two goals, while senior Nikolas Albarran (Buffalo, N.Y.) registered his first goal in an Engineers uniform. Junior goalkeeper Jake Amereno (Commack, N.Y.) picked up his first win of the season and finished with one stop. Tech outshot the AMCATs, 18-2, and attempted 10 corners, seven in the second half.
Bingham provided the hosts with the lead after he fired home a pass from sophomore Kareem Itani (Dallas, Texas) on an early rush down the field at 8:55. Lopez-Pineda added to Tech's lead with back-to-back strikes at 12:00 and 24:12 before Bingham netted his final goal by dribbling past Anna Maria's defense late in the session to provide MIT with a 4-0 lead at the break.
MIT added to its advantage in the second half with two goals from Hong – first and second strikes of his career, both coming off crosses. Albarran registered his first goal by winding an attempt from the nearside that curved past Anna Maria junior goalkeeper Elliot Kuzma (East Haven, Conn.) at 66:40 in the second stanza.
Tuesday's contest was the first-ever meeting between Anna Maria and MIT.
Tech returns to action on Saturday, September 6 when they host Eastern Connecticut State University at 4 p.m., while Anna Maria travels to Becker College for a 2:30 p.m. start.