Sept. 17, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT men’s soccer team’s unbeaten start to the season continued courtesy of a 2-0 victory over Wentworth Institute of Technology on Wednesday. The win raised the Engineers’ record to 5-0-1 on the year while the Leopards fell to 1-5-1.
MIT wasted little time getting on the board, capitalizing on a free kick in the fifth minute. Kevin Chou’s low cross from the near sideline managed to find its way to Neil Zimmerman who redirected the ball to the lower left corner of the net. Each side made several runs at the goal, but the Engineers maintained possession for a majority of the frame as they out-shot Wentworth, 13-5. The Cardinal and Gray extended its advantage in the 34th minute when Zachary Kabelac tapped Jason Zhu’s pass to the left side of the goal.
Although MIT controlled the ball for most of the second stanza, recording a 13-6 advantage in shots and a 6-2 edge in corner kicks, the Leopards’ defense kept them within striking distance. Wentworth’s attack began to apply some pressure late in the contest, tallying four shots on goal, but it could not end the shutout.
In net, Tom Caldwell collected five saves en route to his third shutout of the year. Joe Simon made 11 stops for Wentworth while Brian Pearsall played the final 3:38 due to an injury to Simon.
MIT continues its home-stand on Friday, Sept. 19 when it hosts Newbury College. Wentworth returns to the field on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Regis College.