Sept. 20, 2007
Courtesy Wentworth Insitute of Technology Sports Information
BOSTON, Mass. - MIT's four-game unbeaten run to open the 2007 campaign came to an end on Wednesday night at Sweeney Field, as the visiting Engineers were beaten, 2-1, by the Wentworth Institute of Technology. Junior midfielder Neil Zimmerman gave the Cardinal and Gray an early lead, but Leopard rookie Ben Nasman equalized before older brother Kyle scored the decisive goal in the 78th minute.
Both MIT (3-1-1) and Wentworth (4-2-0) entered the match ranked in the most recent (Sept. 18) adidas/National Soccer Coaches Association of America New England Soccer Rankings, with the Engineers tied for No. 10 and the Leopards holding the No. 8 spot.
Tech struck first in the 12th minute when Zimmerman bagged his first goal of the season and second of his career. The Dallas, Texas, native was quickest to react following a scrum in front of the Wentworth net and lashed home from close range. Leopards' sophomore goalkeeper Mike Gregory managed to get both hands on the ball, but the power of the shot carried it into the roof of the net to stake MIT to a 1-0 lead.
The Engineers' lead didn't last long, however, as the younger Nasman knotted the score at 1-1 just over a minute after Zimmerman's strike. Senior midfielder Chris Hartmann fired a shot that Tech net-minder Tom Caldwell saved, but Nasman was on hand to slot home the rebound for his second tally of the season.
The Leopards nearly pulled in front before halftime, as they hit the woodwork on consecutive shots in the 38th minute. Freshman Jeff Dubé's header rebounded back off the crossbar before Hartmann followed up and saw his effort produce a similar result. Hartmann then gathered his own rebound and fired high.
Wentworth did ultimately find the winning goal late in the second half, as Dubé fed a left-wing cross into the feet of Kyle Nasman, whose shot beat Caldwell to his right. The tally was Nasman's first of the campaign.
Gregory, who was making his first appearance of 2007 in goal, made six saves for the Leopards. Caldwell turned aside seven shots while guarding the pipes for the Engineers.
Both teams will be back in action on Saturday afternoon, as MIT will travel to Wheaton College for a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference showdown at 1:00 p.m., while Wentworth will also play away from home, at New England College at 2:30 p.m.