Courtesy of Springfield College Sports Information
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Despite a furious second-half rally, the MIT men's soccer team held on for a 2-1 victory over Springfield College in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener for both teams on Brock-Affleck Field on Saturday afternoon.
The Engineers (6-2, 1-0 NEWMAC) jumped on the board first in the 22nd minute as their constant offensive pressure to start the contest finally paid off. On his sixth corner kick of the opening 20 minutes of play, Christian Therkelsen sent a dangerous bending ball into the box. Ben Lewis used every inch of his 6-4 frame to rise above the Pride defense to head home the MIT's first tally into left corner of the net.
The Cardinal and Gray added to its lead as it struck 11 minutes into the second half. Matthew Monheit broke free inside the 18 and let loose a shot that Springfield goalie Chris Walton deflected away. However, Monheit followed up his shot and slipped home the rebound to give the visitors a 2-0 edge.
Springfield (4-2, 0-1 NEWMAC) finally found the back of the net in the 65th minute on Ryan Malone's third goal of the season. After Jae Tracey was fouled outside of the box, Malone calmly tucked home a free kick from 25 yards out just inside the right post to make it a 2-1 contest.
The Pride continued to push forward as Malone had a pair of promising chances late in the second half, but neither attempt materialized into a Springfield goal.
For the contest MIT owned a 16-12 advantage in shots and took eight corner kicks, while the Pride earned just four. Walton posted seven saves in the loss, while Dylan Rankin earned the win as he made three saves.