Engineers Defeat Tufts in Overtime Thriller, 4-3
Sept. 13, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Sophomore midfielder Andrew Bishara scored seven minutes into the first overtime period on Wednesday to give MIT (3-1-0) a dramatic 4-3 come-from-behind victory over Tufts University (0-1-1). The Jumbos led with under ten minutes remaining, but Tech's Alex Morgan, who finished the day with two goals and an assist, scored in the 82nd minute to knot the game at three before assisting on Bishara's overtime winner.
Morgan was involved from the opening whistle, giving MIT the lead with just 1:11 on the clock. After some confusion between Tufts' backline and their goalkeeper left the ball sitting alone at the top of the box, the Kingston, Jamaica native pounced to put the Engineers ahead 1-0. It was the fourth goal that the Cardinal and Gray have scored in the opening 15 minutes this season, despite having only played four games.
The Jumbos were anything but shell-shocked by the early goal, however, and quickly began producing quality opportunities of their own. The pressure paid off in the 23rd minute when Dan Jozwiak was sent in alone by a long ball up field by Joey Stampone. Jozwiak finished coolly to tie the game at one apiece. It was his second goal of the season.
The score remained deadlocked at the half, but the second stanza was when the true fireworks began. Bob Kastoff gave Tufts a 2-1 lead in the 65th minute, but the score was even again under four minutes later when Ryan Sheffler's whipped free kick was deflected home by David Nole.
Tufts took the lead once more in the 74th minute when Jon Glass scored his first goal of the young season, volleying in a corner that had been struck well by Andrew Drucker to make it 3-2 to the visitors.
Yet, MIT showed resiliency and determination and their efforts paid off with a brilliant equalizing goal in the 82nd minute. Sheffler's corner to the far post was headed back across the face of the goal by freshman midfielder Matt Greyson and Morgan leapt to nod the ball into the roof of the net, tying the score at three.
Neither team was about to settle for the draw, and it was clear in overtime that someone was going to take the full points. Bishara decided it just over six minutes in when he slotted home from the right side of the penalty box after the ball had been flicked on nicely by Morgan. The MIT players rushed the field to congratulate Bishara and celebrate the 4-3 victory.
Engineers keeper Tom Caldwell was solid in net, making three saves for his third victory of the year. He was, however, aided by the woodwork, as the Jumbos struck both the post and the crossbar twice apiece. Tufts' Pat Tonelli made four saves in the losing effort.
Tech next take the field on Saturday, Sept. 16 when they travel to Worcester, Mass. to take on Clark University in a match that is slated for a 12:00 p.m. kickoff. For those who wish to follow the team on their travels, that game will be webcast on Clark's athletics site. The address for the site is http://www.clarku.edu/athletics/cougarcast/. Tufts also play their next game on Saturday, away to Middlebury.