Engineers' Late Fight-Back Stifled as Gordon Edges Tech, 2-1
Sept. 27, 2006
WENHAM, Mass. - Senior captain Ryan Sheffler converted a penalty kick in the 86th minute, but it wasn't enough to halt the Engineers' losing streak, as they were nipped by Gordon, 2-1, in a non-conference match Tuesday afternoon. Tech (3-5-0; 0-2 NEWMAC), which began its season red-hot on its way to a 3-1 record after four games, has now dropped four tight contests in a row. Gordon (3-1-3), on the other hand, is now riding a four-game unbeaten streak.
Junior midfielder David McMullen put the Fighting Scots on the board first in the 35th minute when he scored on a free kick from outside the box. Jamie Calderwood extended the lead to 2-0 in the 65th minute when he redirected another McMullen free kick into the back of the net.
Sheffler's penalty kick late in the match cut the lead in half, but Tech simply didn't have enough time to force home the equalizer.
The score could've been much higher if not for the stellar play of the keepers, who each faced a barrage of shots throughout the contest. Tom Caldwell was once again solid in net for the Engineers, coming up with nine key saves to keep the game close, while Brian Schilling (two saves) and Chris Tanga (five saves) split time between the pipes for Gordon.
MIT next takes the field on Saturday, Sept. 30, when it travels to New London, Conn. to take on the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in a match that kicks off at 11:30 a.m. Gordon is away that same day, traveling to Newport, R.I. to face Salve Regina at 3:30 p.m.