MIT Men’s Soccer Opens 2012 Season with a Win

Senior Ben Lewis
Senior Ben Lewis

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In the opening game of the season and the first meeting between the two teams since 1937, the MIT men's soccer team defeated Bridgewater State 2-1 on Friday night. Senior Ben Lewis (West Hartford, Conn.) led the way by scoring his first goal of the season.

Lewis connected for his goal when he shot from 20 yards out and chipped the ball over the goalkeeper and into the net in the 17th minute. He was asssisted by sophomore Alexander Dago (Chicago, Ill.). MIT, which dominated the first half of the game, wasted no time before putting another tally on the scoreboard. Freshman Sean Bingham (Garden City, N.Y.) put MIT up 2-0 when he notched his first collegiate goal.

MIT almost made it 3-0 when Bingham hit the crossbar in the 35th minute. The Engineers continued to dominate, outshooting Bridgewater State 10-1 for the half, but were unable to build their lead further before the end of the half.

MIT continued to hold the upper hand during the opening few minutes of the second half, making three shots in the first 10 minutes. Bridgewater State's offense started to come around in the 70th minute when Craig Shadduck took the Bears' first shot of the half.  Eight minutes later, he cut the MIT deficit to one when he scored off a deflection on a play that was assisted by Adam Smith.

Bridgewater State was held by the MIT defense without a shot the rest of the way, as the Engineers went on to claim the win.

The Engineers return to action on Sunday, Sept. 2 when they host Emerson College at 1:00 p.m.  The Bears will be traveling to Babson College on Tuesday, Sept. 4 for their next game.