Sept. 24, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - Despite playing a man-down due to a red card in the 29th minute, Clark University emerged with a 2-1 victory over the MIT men's soccer team in NEWMAC action on Saturday. The Cougars, who defeated the Engineers for the first time since 1994, improve to 7-1-0 overall and 2-0 in the NEWMAC while MIT drops to 2-4 on the year and 0-2 in conference play.
The first half was a highly physical defensive battle, with both squads posting three shots and collecting a total of 12 fouls. Clark had several chances to end the deadlock, as all three of its shots were on goal. However, neither defense would waver as the game was scoreless at the intermission.
The Cougars found some success at the 51:11 mark, when Sattha Prasitwarakul set up Lino Goncalves for the first goal of the game. Almost 30 seconds later, David Blum recorded what proved to be the game-winning goal on an unassisted tally.
Ryan Sheffler put MIT on the board in the 64th minute, connecting on feeds from Andrew Bishara and Nathan Artz. The Engineers continued to attack down the stretch, but Clark's stifling defense thwarted any scoring attempts.
In goal, Thomas Caldwell registered four saves for MIT. Matt Talbot collected five saves for the Cougars.
The next game for MIT will be on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 4:00 p.m. when it hosts Gordon College.