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Soccer crushes Nichols in opener

By David Rothstein

The Nichols College men's soccer team came to MIT like a lamb to the ritual slaughter. And slaughtered the Bison were, giving MIT a 6-0 win in its home opener, coach Walter Alessi ample opportunity to substitute in second-line players, and Tech goalies Chris Prince '92 and Lee Morganroth '92, well, absolutely nothing to do in goal.

The Engineers built up a 5-0 lead by halftime, and perhaps only mercy and mass-substitution by Alessi midway through the second half spared Nichols the ignominy of a double-digit blanking.

Although it must be granted that Nichols is no indomitable lion on the soccer field, MIT did more than show up for this game. Crisp passing and continued intensity characterized the team effort, although MIT became somewhat careless at times on defense, even if understandably so.

"When we got ahead," said coach Walter Alessi after the match, "we took some chances [on defense]. If we did that against stronger teams, they might capitalize [on MIT's miscues]."

The chances to which Alessi, now in his 16th year as coach, alluded came when the Engineers' defensive line moved far upfield as MIT continued pressure on the Nichols goal. It would have been risking ineffectiveness had Nichols managed to make a quick break.

Then again, one could probably have counted on the fingers of two (perhaps three) hands the number of times the ball crossed deep into MIT territory. Not that anyone bothered counting.

Senior forward Marc Bailey opened the scoring for MIT with a goal only five minutes, 43 seconds into the game, assisted by Willie Scruggs '92. Matthew Dieterich '91 followed at 23:52 with a shot from 20 yards out that hit the right post past diving Nichols goalie Ken O'Brien, and bounced into the back left corner of the net. Marcello Torres '91 got the assist.

Co-captain Hannes Smarason '91 scored goals Nos. 3 and 4. The first one came at 18:49 as Smarason tipped in a David Irvine '93 shot that bounced once again off diving O'Brien's hands. Stephan Feldgoise '92 was credited with an assist, along with Irvine.

Smarason's second score came at 15:00 on a solo shot from about 30 yards out.

Senior Robert Bellis' goal at 2:20 (Dieterich assist) rounded out MIT's scoring in the first half.

Alex Mitelman '93 hit a low shot into the left corner at 16:54 for MIT's last goal, with the assist going to Bellis.

The Engineers outshot Nichols, 22-3, and goalies Prince and Morganroth made only one save between the two of them, while Nichols keeper O'Brien made 14.