Men’s Soccer Defeats WPI, 2-0

Sophomore John Kramer
Sophomore John Kramer

WORCESTER, Mass. – MIT men's soccer defeated WPI, 2-0, on Saturday evening, earning its fifth shutout of the season. Sophomore John Kramer (Glastonbury, Conn.) saw the most action out of both teams, scoring one of MIT's goals and following that up with an assist on the second. The Engineers are 8-2-1 for the season, while the WPI Engineers dipped to 7-4

The game started off well when, just 12 minutes into the first half, Kramer scored the first goal of the night, shooting into the bottom left of the net after the ball was misplayed in the defensive zone. Both goalkeepers saw plenty of action during the first period; Jeff Wong saved four shots in the last 30 minutes alone, while sophomore keeper Sam Cannon (Scarsdale, N.Y.) saved three throughout the half. With no retaliation from the other team, MIT stayed ahead at the end of the first period.

Within 18 minutes of the start of the second period, MIT had shot at the goal five times, three of which were saved by Wong. MIT did not back down, taking two more shots until finally, in the 88th minute of play, after a cross from Kramer, sophomore Nick Diamantoni (Belle Mead, N.J.) lobbed the ball past the diving keeper, increasing MIT's lead over WPI to 2-0. With just over a minute remaining in the game, Jason Hopkins shot at the goal but the ball was saved by Cannon.

Throughout the game, MIT outshot WPI, 16-10, with Kramer, Diamantoni, freshman Austin Freel (San Diego, Calif.) and senior Ben Lewis ( West Hartford, Conn.) accounting for the majority of the shots.

MIT will return to the field when they host NEWMAC foe Springfield on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 4:00 p.m., while WPI will also continue conference play when they host Clark earlier that day.