MIT Takes over Top Spot in NEWMAC after win over Wheaton, 2-1

Sophomore Sean Bingham
Sophomore Sean Bingham

NORTON, Mass. – Led by sophomore Sean Bingham (Garden City, N.Y.), who scored his 11th and 12th goals of the season, the MIT men's soccer team came from behind to defeat New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Wheaton College by a score of 2-1 on the road on Saturday afternoon. Tech improved to 7-3-1 and 3-0-1 in NEWMAC play, while previously undefeated Wheaton dipped to 9-5 and 3-1 in conference play. The Engineers are now the only team in the conference that remains undefeated in league action.

Wheaton's Noah Kossoff gave the Lyons an early 1-0 lead in the 18th minute of play, firing a shot into the lower left corner of the net from 25-yards out. Although there were a number of opportunities for the Engineers to even the score, all attempts were thwarted by keeper Matt Dickey. Tech went into the second half trailing behind the Lyons by a goal.

The score remained deadlocked until the 56 minute, when Bingham buried a pass by senior Matthew Monheit (Abington, Pa.) from the left side of the goal into the back of the net. Just 13 minutes later, Bingham gave MIT its first lead of the afternoon when he pocketed a pass from junior Chester Chambers (Columbia, Md.) into the right side to notch his NEWMAC-leading 12th goal of the season.

Wheaton almost tied up the score with less than 10 minutes remaining in the half when Luke Finkelstein's shot struck the crossbar. With two more shots and two corner kicks by the Lyons, the game ended with an MIT victory by a score of 2-1.

The Lyons outshot MIT, 13-12. Sophomore goalie Jake Amereno (Commack, N.Y.) made three saves to improve to 6-1-1 on the season, while Dickey turned aside four shots. Once again, the Engineers were led by sophomore Austin Freel (San Diego, Calif.) who fired six shots at the net, three of which had to be saved by Dickey.

MIT will next face Tufts University on Wednesday, Oct. 16 for a non-conference game that will start at 5:00 p.m.