MIT Blanks Brandeis, 5-0
Oct. 8, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Behind Christian Therkelsen’s game-high six points, the MIT men’s soccer team powered to a 5-0 victory over local foe Brandeis University in a non-conference game on Wednesday. The margin of victory was the largest for the Engineers since an 8-0 decision in 1971. With the win, the Cardinal and Gray improved to 11-0-1 on the year while the Judges’ record dipped to 6-5 overall.
Brandeis made the first charge at net with a low blast by Ben Premo that was ultimately stopped by MIT goalkeeper Tom Caldwell. The Judges recorded two more shots before the Engineers made their first attack downfield. Neil Zimmerman sent a throughball to Therkelsen who curled the ball around Brandeis netminder Sean O’Hare for the opening goal in the fifth minute. The Judges controlled the ball for the next 12 minutes, tallying a trio of corner kicks and shots, including a blistering point blank attempt by Alexander Farr that was smothered by Caldwell.
On the ensuing attack, Therkelsen sent a low cross from the near sideline to Zachary Kabelac who redirected the ball with the inside of his left foot to left side of the net. The Engineers extended their lead to 3-0 in the 25th minute when passes by Therkelsen and Kabelac set up Peter Bojo for what proved to be the final goal of the frame.
Brandeis continued to pressure MIT’s defense in the second stanza. In the 55th minute, Jamie Batista split his defenders and sent a cross to Premo whose resulting header was just wide. On the Engineers’ next attack, a free kick by Jason Zhu from the near sideline was punched out by O’Hare but the ball ended up at Therkelsen’s feet and he quickly blasted a shot into the right side of the goal.
The Judges almost ended the shutout in the 73rd minute when Kevin Murphy’s diving header on a Patrick Metelus corner kick was cleared off the line at the post. MIT capped off the scoring in the 78th minute when Max Stein-Golenbock sent a pass from Kabelac on the ground that just hit the inside of the far post and bounced into the net. In the 87th minute, Metelus’ strike was stopped by MIT goalie Dylan Rankin as the ensuing rebound remained in possession of the Judges but they could not convert the scoring opportunity.
For the game, Brandeis posted a 15-13 edge in shots and a commanding 11-2 advantage in corner kicks, with both of MIT’s attempts occurring during the last two minutes of play. Caldwell collected three saves in 76 minutes of action while Rankin stopped three shots during the final 14 minutes. O’Hare grabbed four saves in 60 minutes before Matt Lynch closed out the contest with two saves.
Both squads will return to conference play on Saturday, Oct. 11. MIT will host NEWMAC foe Springfield College while Brandeis will have a home match-up with UAA opponent Case Western Reserve University.