October 24, 2006

Engineers Edge Past UMass Boston, 3-2

Oct. 24, 2006

Box Score

BOSTON, Mass. - Senior forward Alex Morgan scored the eventual game-winner in the 50th minute to propel MIT to a 3-2 victory over UMass Boston at the Clark Athletic Center on Tuesday afternoon. Tech's record rises to 6-9-0 with the victory, while UMass Boston drops to 10-7-0.

The Beacons got on the board first when senior defender Mike Reda sent a cross from the middle of the field to junior midfielder Emile Pierre-Louis, who settled the ball and dribbled to the left side of the box before scoring from five yards out into the right corner. The goal gave UMass Boston a 1-0 lead under ten minutes into the match.

However, MIT midfielder James Zorich knotted the contest at 1-1 just 69 seconds later when he deflected an airborne cross into the back of the net following a corner kick from reigning New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Co-Player of the Week, Ryan Sheffler.

Sophomore midfielder Andrew Bishara gave Tech its first lead of the match in the 26th minute, rifling a shot from 20 yards out into the top right corner for the 2-1 advantage.

Morgan got in on the act shortly after the halftime interval, blasting what would ultimately prove to be the game-winner into the left corner of the net from 15 yards out.

UMass Boston didn't go down without a fight, cutting the deficit to 3-2 in the 78th minute when Reda pounced on a loose ball in the box and finished into the right side netting. However, the Beacons fight-back would end there, as they failed to beat MIT keeper Tom Caldwell and the Engineer defense for the remainder of the match.

Caldwell made three saves en route to the victory, while Beacon net-minder Paul Maniscalo made five stops in the losing effort.

Tech will close out its regular season on Saturday, Oct. 28, when it travels to NEWMAC rival WPI in a match that is slated for a 1:00 p.m. kickoff. UMass Boston will finish up its regular season schedule on the same day when it hits the road to take on Keene State at 1:30 p.m.