- Score: MIT 3, Emerson College 0
- Records: MIT (8-6-2, 2-3-2 NEWMAC); Emerson College (3-12-1, 1-6-0 NEWMAC)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium)
- The Lead: The MIT men's soccer team remained in contention for a spot in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament as they defeated Emerson College, 3-0, on Friday afternoon in Cambridge. The Engineers will need a loss from Clark University tomorrow in order to earn a spot in the NEWMAC postseason tournament for the second straight season and for 20th time in program history.
Prior to the start of today's match the Engineers honored their 11 seniors including Travis Leathrum (Chesapeake, Va.), Alan Dang (Lancaster, Pa.),Garrett Souza (Chino Hills, Calif.),Anthony Badea (Irvine, Calif.), Binh Le (Portage, Mich.), David Wu (Naperville, Ill.), Wesley Woo (Palo Alto, Calif.), Thad Daguilh (Port-au-Prince, Haiti), Joshua Wilson (West Chester, Pa.), Logan McLaughlin (Park City, Utah)and Faisal As'ad (Amman, Jordan) for their contributions towards the MIT men's soccer program.
- 29th minute (28:42): MIT 1, Emerson 0 – Freshman Peter Novoa (Omaha, Neb.) drove down the middle of the field from 40 yards out, took a pass from the end line via sophomore Isaac Perper (Tiburon, Calif.) and rocketed the ball into the upper left corner of the net for the 1-0 advantage.
- 75th minute (74:17): MIT 2, Emerson 0 – Perper gave the Engineers an insurance goal late in the match after took a long pass from Wilson, drove down the field, went 1-on-1 with Emerson keeper Robbie Shinder and lined the ball into the back-right corner of the net.
- 78th minute (77:25): MIT 3, Emerson 0 – Daguilh registered his first goal of the year and his first collegiate goal as he finished a corner kick from Woo.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- MIT outshot Emerson by a 20-4 margin (12-1 on goal) and held a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks.
- MIT keeper Jeremy Cowham (Quincy, Mass.) picked up his third straight shutout with one save in net for the Engineers this afternoon. Cowham has now not let up a goal over the past 270 minutes of action. Emerson keeper Robbie Shinder stopped the ball eight times for the visiting Lions.
- Regardless of if the Engineers make the NEWMAC tournament or not, they will finish the regular season with a winning percentage greater than .500 for the first time since 2015. The eight wins this fall are also the most since that 2015 campaign as well.
- MIT is now 10-1-0 against Emerson College in the all-time series which dates back to 2008.
- MIT will await the result of tomorrow's NEWMAC match between Clark and WPI to see if its season will continue. If WPI wins the match, MIT will earn the No. 4 seed and travel to Wheaton College on Tuesday for the NEWMAC Quarterfinals. If Clark wins the match, MIT will see its season come to a close at 8-6-2.
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