Oct. 17, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT used a dominant defensive effort and a timely goal to edge out Johnson and Wales, 1-0, in non-conference action on Tuesday afternoon at Steinbrenner Stadium. In the process, the Engineers (5-8-0) snapped the Wildcats' (10-4-0) 10 game winning streak.
From the outset it was clear that it was going to be a tense midfield battle, as the slippery weather conditions contributed to a high foul count. When all was said and done, Tech had racked up 27 fouls, while Johnson and Wales had 19 of its own.
Offensive chances were limited, and it was no surprise when the teams went into the halftime break in a scoreless deadlock.
The stalemate was broken in the 78th minute, however, when sophomore midfielder Andrew Bishara scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season. Freshman midfielder Matt Greyson began the move, brilliantly working his way past a defender along the end line before smartly pulling the ball back to the penalty spot. His pass landed at the feet of Bishara, who coolly looped the ball over Wildcat keeper Brenton Blanchard for the decisive goal. The tally was the Toledo, Ohio native's team-leading second game-winner of the campaign.
Chase Lochmiller narrowly missed a chance to salt the game away for the Engineers late on, hitting the post with a cheeky back heel.
Tech ultimately didn't require the second goal, however, as Tom Caldwell was brilliant in net, making seven saves en route to his second shut out of the season. Blanchard made two stops for Johnson and Wales in the losing effort.
MIT closes out its regular season home schedule on Saturday, Oct. 21, when it takes on New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference rival Springfield at 11:30 a.m. Johnson and Wales travels to Bridgewater State on Thursday, Oct. 19, in a match that kicks off at 3:30 p.m.