Men's Soccer Falls to Wheaton in Penalty Kicks in NEWMAC Quarterfinals

Men's Soccer Falls to Wheaton in Penalty Kicks in NEWMAC Quarterfinals

THE BASICS:

Score: MIT 0, Wheaton College 0 (Penalty Kicks: Wheaton 3, MIT 1)

Records: MIT (8-6-3); Wheaton College (9-9-1)

Location: Norton, Mass. (Keefe Field)

The Lead: The MIT men's soccer team saw its 2018 season come to a close this afternoon in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament Quarterfinals as the fifth-seeded Engineers fell to fourth-seeded Wheaton College in penalty kicks, 3-1, after the game saw neither team could find the back of the net through 110 minutes of regulation time.

PENALTY KICKS:

First Round: MIT shot first and Joshua Wilson's (West Chester, Pa.) attempt was stopped by Wheaton keeper Diego MedinaAdam Waks stepped up to the circle for the hosts and buried the ball into the top right corner of the net. 

Second Round: Faisal As'ad's (Amman, Jordan) shot ricocheted off the crossbar for the Engineers before Thomas Gatanis gave Wheaton a 2-0 advantage. 

Third Round: Carlos Hernandez (Weston, Fla.) put home an attempt for MIT in the third round as his shot sailed over the outstretched hands of Medina, but Wheaton's JD Souza answered with a successful attempt of his own. 

Fourth Round: All Wheaton needed was one stop to advance to the semifinals and it got just that as Medina stopped MIT's fourth attempt taken by Wesley Woo (Palo Alto, Calif.) to end the Engineers' season.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:


- Over the 90 minutes of regulation Wheaton outshot MIT, 14-10, but in two overtime sessions, the Engineers took four shots compared to one taken by the Lyons. 

- MIT keeper Jeremy Cowham (Quincy, Mass.) closed the season at 6-3-2 after he made seven saves in net for the Engineers, which tied a season high. Medina moved to 5-7-1 this fall for Wheaton with a pair of stops for the hosts.

- Today marked MIT's 20th appearance in the NEWMAC Tournament in program history and was the seventh meeting between the Engineers and the Lyons in the postseason. In those seven playoff meetings, Wheaton holds a 2-5-1 advantage.

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