MIT Blanks Emerson, 4-0

MIT Blanks Emerson, 4-0

Sept. 22, 2008

Box Score

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Behind a pair of goals from Zachary Kabelac, the MIT men’s soccer team went on to post a 4-0 victory over Emerson College in the inaugural meeting between both programs on Monday. The win lifted the Engineers’ record to 7-0-1 on the season while goalie Tom Caldwell collected the 14th shutout of his career, tying the Institute mark set by Morgan Mills ’05.

MIT had numerous chances to get on the board early in the contest but its shots were just off the mark. Kabelac ended the deadlock in the 21st minute when he chased down a pass from Max Stein-Golenbock and beat the Lions’ (2-3-1) defense for his sixth goal of the season. A defensive battle ensued for the remainder of the frame as each side combined for eight shots after MIT recorded a 7-1 advantage prior to Kabelac’s goal.

The Engineers continued to attack in the second stanza, tallying six shots and four corner kicks during the first 10 minutes. Following an offsides call, MIT’s Andrew Bishara regained possession of the ball and found Kabelac whose shot was initially deflected by Emerson netminder Jonas Imbert. Kabelac immediately headed the airborne ball to the right side of the net in the 59th minute. The Cardinal and Gray extended its lead to 3-0 when Chase Anderson set up Jason Zhu for a 25-yard shot that landed in the top right corner of the goal. MIT capped off the scoring with 1:21 left to play on Peter Bojo’s blast following a foul just outside the box.

Caldwell posted two saves to go along with his fifth shutout of the season. Imbert collected 10 saves through 78 minutes while Derek Dumont closed out the contest with three saves, including an incredible diving stop to his left side.

MIT continues play on Thursday, Sept. 25 at Emmanuel College while Emerson will host Massachusetts Maritime Academy on Wednesday, Sept. 24.