MIT and Babson Advance to NEWMAC Men's Soccer Championship
Nov. 6, 2004
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - An unassisted goal by Ryan Sheffler with 2:45 remaining in the second overtime period gave MIT a 1-0 win over the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in a semifinal game of the 2004 NEWMAC Men's Soccer Championship Tournament on Saturday. Babson College blanked No. 18 Wheaton College, 2-0, in the second semifinal match-up of the day. No. 1 seed MIT will host the Championship Game tomorrow with a 1:00 p.m. start. This is the fourth year in a row MIT will be playing in the title match and the first time for Babson since 2002.
In the MIT-Coast Guard game, both squads had numerous chances to register a goal, however outstanding defensive play coupled with a strong wind kept the match scoreless. The Bears (10-7) had an opportunity to win with 5:15 left in the second extra session when a header appeared to be out of reach for Tech (12-2-1) goalie Morgan Mills, but he reeled the ball in with his left arm to preserve the deadlock. The Engineers posted the game-winning goal shortly thereafter when a shot by Jose-Ramon Torradas bounced off a defender and landed at Sheffler's feet. Morgan Mills collected 11 saves and tallied his fifth shutout of the season. Derek Bray totaled eight saves for the Bears.
In the second semifinal, Babson's Derek Losi connected on a throw-in from Phil McGuire to score what proved to be the game-winning goal 11:26 into the game. The Beavers (14-4-1) added another goal in the 42nd minute. After a series of passes in the midfield, Steve Pagnotta found an opening and dished the ball off to a sprinting Jonny Hakala for the goal.
With the wind at its back, the Wheaton (16-3-2) attack came alive in the second half, tallying nine shots compared to two from the first frame. The Lyons had several opportunities to end the shutout, but Babson's defense thwarted any scoring attempts. With 1:14 remaining in regulation, Wheaton appeared to have cut the Beaver's lead to one, however, the goal was nullified due to an offsides call. Babson goalie Chris Necklas had four saves in his 11th shutout of the season. Matt Pachniuk made two stops for the Lyons.