Nov. 9, 2008
By Babson College Sports Information
BABSON PARK, Mass. – Competing in its first New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament Championship Game under the tutelage of second-year head coach Milton Gooding, the MIT men’s soccer team fell to host and top-seed Babson College, 3-1, on Sunday. With the loss, the Engineers, currently ranked fifth in New England, fell to 16-3-2 on the season.
MIT still has a chance of receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as two of their losses came to No. 2 Babson while No. 3 Clark University and No. 4 Trinity College made early exits in its conference tournaments. The complete bracket will be available on www.ncaa.com Monday morning.
Babson jumped out to a 1-0 lead early in the contest, beginning when Tim Winn headed a corner kick to Shane Fogarty near the goal line. Fogarty then slid a pass to Max Walker, who blasted a shot inside the right post at 9:55. MIT then nearly tied the game in the 26th minute, but Babson goalie Peter Crowley made his best save of the contest when he used a terrific diving effort to knock a hard shot by Andrew Bishara just beyond the right post.
After the Beavers took a 1-0 lead into the half, MIT rallied behind Christian Therkelsen, who netted his conference-leading 15th goal of the season at 48:18. The Engineers’ top offensive threat broke free down the right side of the field and lofted a perfect shot over a leaping Crowley to even the contest at 1-1.
Babson took the lead for good at 57:11, when Billy Nickerson took a feed from Winn at the top of the box, cut back to his left, and ripped a shot around the defense and into the upper left 90 for his 11th goal of the season. It marked his second game-winning goal of the weekend and his league-leading seventh of the season. Winn then tacked on a key insurance goal at 65:51, as he followed up a rebound of his own blocked shot and tucked it into the lower left corner for his 14th of the campaign.