Men's Soccer Falls to Brandeis in Overtime, 4-3

Senior Ben Lewis
Senior Ben Lewis

WALTHAM, Mass. - After coming from behind to tie the game at 3-3, the MIT men's soccer team lost to Brandeis in overtime when the Judges scored 79 seconds in on a free kick. The Engineers' ledger fell to 4-1, while Brandeis raised their record to 5-0.

In the 62nd minute of the game, MIT were down 0-2, both goals courtesy of the Judges' Lee Russo. It was not until the 72nd minute of play that MIT was put on the board when Ben Lewis (West Hartford, Conn.) headed the ball into the net after a cross from fellow senior Matthew Monheit (Abington, Pa.).

After another goal by Brandeis in the 76th minute, Monheit scored MIT's second goal a mere 52 seconds after the Brandeis goal. The ball was inititally headed by freshman William Lee (Charlotte, N.C.) and was knocked in by Monheit after a scramble in front of the net. The Engineers added another goal when a free kick by freshman Sean Bingham (Garden City, N.Y.) deflected off a defender, tying the game at 3-3 with 10 minutes remaining in the game.

Both teams made one last attempt at the goal, but to no avail, leaving the score tied at the end of the second half. Less than a minute and a half into overtime, Russo booted a free kick from just outside the 18 yard box, where it flew over the outstretched arms of sophomore goalkeeper Samuel Cannon (Scarsdale, N.Y), ending the game.

The Engineers will return to action when they travel to Babson on Saturday, Sept. 15 for the first conference game of the season, while the Judges will hit the road for WPI on Wednesday, Sept. 12.