Sept. 24, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Junior Andrew Bishara assisted on the Engineers' second and third goals before completing the scoring with an absolutely sublime individual effort, as MIT remained unbeaten at Steinbrenner Stadium courtesy of a 4-1 win over Emmanuel College. The Monday afternoon meeting was the first ever between two schools that are separated by a mere two miles.
MIT improved its 2007 home record to 3-0-1 via the victory, with only a scoreless draw with conference foe Clark University preventing the Cardinal and Gray from earning maximum points. The Engineers are 4-2-1 overall. Emmanuel snapped a brief two-game winning streak with the loss and fell below .500 to 3-4-0.
Rookie striker Christian Therkelsen opened the scoring early for a clearly determined MIT squad, as his team-leading sixth strike of the season gave Tech the lead in just the fifth minute. Senior tri-captain Michael Allshouse threaded a perfect through ball that split the Saints' defense to put Therkelsen in alone, and the Norwegian made no mistake, firing a hard shot into the low left corner of the net.
Therkelsen nearly grabbed a second in the 17th minute thanks to some shifty footwork, as his high drive from a tight angle was earmarked for the top corner, but Emmanuel goalkeeper Jeffrey Boughton stood tall and made a fine save.
There was nothing Boughton could do about sophomore Adam Talsma's goal in the 29th minute, however, as he was left helpless following a brilliant pass by Bishara. The Toledo, Ohio, native was on the end of a marvelous bit of teamwork by the Engineers, but had his initial shot saved. However, the gritty midfielder fought to earn his own rebound near the end-line before smartly playing the ball back to a wide open Talsma, who registered the first goal of his intercollegiate career from six yards out.
Emmanuel nearly cut the deficit in half in the 47th minute, as Gavin Motta's free kick from just outside the box bent just over the crossbar.
The Saints would ultimately rue the miss, as it was just two minutes later that MIT stretched its lead to 3-0. Bishara's ball in behind the Emmanuel defense sent Lance Wall one-on-one with the keeper, and the freshman did well to pull Boughton to his right before finishing back across his body. Wall, like teammate Talsma, celebrated his first-ever intercollegiate goal.
Emmanuel did claw one back in the 56th minute, as senior midfielder Christopher Clark's dipping strike from 25 yards out beat sophomore keeper Javier Duarte.
However, Bishara put the game to bed in the 75th minute with his third goal of the season. After taking possession of a loose ball near midfield, the tri-captain incredibly weaved his way past five Saints' defenders before slotting the ball under the onrushing keeper.
Each team utilized a pair of goalkeepers in the match, as junior Tom Caldwell and Duarte split time for MIT, while Boughton and freshman Jesse Tannetta shared the duties for Emmanuel. Caldwell earned the win, making three saves without allowing a goal, while Duarte made one stop and allowed one goal in his first action of the season. Boughton took the loss for the Saints, stopping four shots and conceding three goals, while Tannetta was credited with six saves and one goal against.
Junior defender Nitin Perumbeti teamed well with Allshouse to backbone the Engineers' defense and limit Emmanuel's chances.
MIT will return to the field on Thursday, Sept. 27, when it will host Bates College in a match that is slated for a 4:00 p.m. kickoff. Emmanuel with travel to Mitchell College at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26.