Nov. 10, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Following a 16-3-2 season which featured an Institute-record 13-game unbeaten streak and a runner-up finish at the NEWMAC Championship Tournament, the MIT men's soccer team earned an at-large bid for the upcoming NCAA Division III Championship Tournament. The Engineers will square off with St. Lawrence University, the Liberty League Champion, on Saturday, Nov. 15 at Amherst College at 11:00 a.m. The winner will take on either the host Lord Jeffs or Western New England College the next day at a time to be announced.
During the 2008 campaign, MIT's forward tandem of Christian Therkelsen and Zachary Kabelac has combined for 66 points, individually ranking second and third, respectively in the NEWMAC. Senior netminder Tom Caldwell shattered the Institute mark for shutouts in a season (nine) and a career (19). Under the direction of second-year head coach Milton Gooding, the Engineers have compiled a record of 25-8-4, including a 14-1-2 mark at home.
"I'm incredibly proud of the team's performance this season," said Gooding. "Making the NCAA Tournament is a wonderful achievement. The team has worked hard all year and we're looking forward to an exciting weekend."
MIT first qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2003 courtesy of an at-large bid. The Engineers received a first round bye and then overpowered Lasell College, 5-0, in second round action. The Cardinal and Gray outlasted host Williams College, 2-1, in overtime before falling to NEWMAC foe Wheaton College, 1-0, in the Elite Eight.
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