Sept. 9, 2006
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Ryan Sheffler scored his second goal of the season when he converted a penalty kick in the 39th minute, but it wasn't enough as MIT (2-1-0) fell for the first time this season, 4-1 to Rhode Island College (2-0). The two schools met for the first time in intercollegiate soccer action just six years ago, and the teams now stand even with three wins apiece over that span.
The Anchormen opened the scoring in the 17th minute when junior forward Jimmy Hernandez headed home a cross from teammate Julian Montoya. Just six minutes later it was 2-0 to Rhode Island College, this time courtesy of junior forward Kyle Genereux.
The Cardinal and Gray got themselves back into the game in the 39th minute when Sheffler banged home a penalty kick, but unfortunately for the Engineers, it simply wasn't enough.
Rhode Island College kept up the pressure in the second half and made it 3-1 on the hour mark when Brandon Migliore scored. Derek Rocha put the game out of reach with the Anchormen's fourth in the 68th minute.
The stingy Rhode Island defense has allowed only two goals in its two games, and both of them came as a result of penalty kicks. The Engineers did manage to force four saves out of junior keeper Sean Gonsalves, who picked up his first win of the season. Tom Caldwell made six saves in net for MIT before making way for freshman Javier Duarte to make his varsity debut in the 87th minute. Duarte faced no shots.
MIT's next match will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 13 when they welcome the Tufts University Jumbos to Steinbrenner Stadium for a 4:00 p.m. kickoff. Rhode Island College next play at Southern Maine on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 1:00 p.m.