Oct. 21, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - A 2-0 victory over visiting Johnson & Wales University on Tuesday resulted in two new milestones for the MIT men's soccer team. The Engineers, who improved to 14-1-1 on the year, registered their Institute-record ninth shutout of the campaign, surpassing the previous mark set in 2004. Individually, Tom Caldwell collected his seventh shutout of the season, eclipsing the standard initially established by Raja Jindal in 1996 and then equaled by Morgan Mills in 2004.
The early stages of the game were fairly balanced as both sides made several charges at the net. MIT ended the deadlock in the 27th minute when Jason Zhu made a run down the far sideline. He then sent a throughball to Christian Therkelsen who directed his shot to the far lower right corner for his team-leading 12th goal of the season. The Engineers had a chance to extend their lead with less than six minutes remaining in the half. Dribbling along the right flank, Therkelsen was able to get Wildcat goalie Austin Carpenter out of position, but his low shot hit the far post and bounced out of harms way.
MIT continued to attack in the second stanza and found success in the 51st minute. Therkelsen sent a strike at net that was stopped by Carpenter, however, the ensuing rebound bounced in front of the goal line. Zachary Kabelac quickly tapped the ball in for his 10th goal of the year. Although the Engineers outshot Johnson & Wales, 10-1, down the stretch, the remainder of the game was a defensive battle. The Cardinal and Gray almost added a third goal midway through the period but Tony Nichols cleared Andrew Bishara's shot off the line.
The Engineers had the upper hand in shots (26-7) and corner kicks (9-2), but the Wildcats' defensive efforts kept them within striking distance. Caldwell collected three saves for MIT while Carpenter posted 12 saves for Johnson & Wales, which saw its record fall to 4-12-0 on the year.
Both squads will return to conference play on Saturday, Oct. 25. MIT will host NEWMAC foe Wheaton College while Johnson & Wales will travel to GNAC opponent Lasell College.