Sept. 6, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - The MIT men's soccer team opened its 2005 campaign by defeating Salve Regina University, 2-0, in the first-ever meeting between both programs. Ryan Sheffler registered a pair of goals in the second half for the Engineers (1-0-0).
MIT's attack dominated the first half as it tallied 10 shots. However, Salve Regina's (1-1-1) defense frustrated the Engineers as goalkeeper Davin Sirpenski made six stops in the opening frame.
Tech ended the scoreless tie after 9:25 had expired in the second stanza. From the left side, Christopher Desrochers found Sheffler two yards in front of the net. With his back to the goal, Sheffler stopped the ball, freezing the Seahawks' defense, and tapped it in with his heel. Sheffler struck again in the 83rd minute, scoring off a feed from Desrochers during a scramble in front of the goal.
Salve Regina had a chance to end the shutout with 1:45 left to play when it was awarded a direct kick from 30 yards out. The Seahawks' attempt was thwarted when MIT's wall quickly converged on the short pass and smothered the ball.
In goal, Thomas Caldwell recorded the shutout along with two saves in his collegiate debut. Davin Sirpenski finished the day with nine saves for Salve Regina.
The next game for MIT will be on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 1:00 p.m. when it hosts Rhode Island College.