Men's soccer crushes Curry
By Jennifer M. Moore
The men's soccer team defeated Curry College, 5-0, last Thursday. MIT goals came from Stephan Feldgoise '92 (2), Jason Grapski '94, Willie Scruggs '92, and Marcelo Torres '91. MIT coach Walter Alessi felt that the game was simply a mismatch as the Engineers dominated the field.
MIT played offense the majority of the game, but this was made possible through strong defense. MIT had 18 shots on goal, while Curry had only five. MIT exercised good control through accurate passing and trapping. Co-captains Kent McCord '91 and Hannes Smarason '91 helped to control the ball in mid-field. Marc Bailey '91 had four assists.
The Engineers were faster and more aggressive than the Colonels. This was apparent even in throw-ins, where MIT was both quicker and more accurate.
MIT took an early lead, then scored three more times in the last 12 minutes of the first half, with the second goal coming after the ball hit the top of the goal post and bounced back into play.
The second half was a bit less exciting. The only score came when the Curry goalie misjudged the play, and let the ball roll slowly behind him and into the goal. The most excitement came when the referee made a controversial call -- which was quite often. In fact, there was only one call with which both teams were content: The referee stopped the game when two balls were in play.
In addition to the five goals, quite a few MIT shots missed the net by inches, and a few corner kicks were almost converted to goals.
Curry also had some close shots. With 15 minutes left in the first half, a Curry shot veered slightly to the left, and barely missed the net. And with two minutes left in the game, Curry scored with a strong kick from mid-field.
The men's soccer team is now 6-3-1. Coach Alessi feels that this is a strong team, and "provided we win the next three games -- which will all probably be close -- we have a good chance to qualify for post-season action."
(Editor's note: Clark University defeated the Engineers, 4-3,
on Saturday. See Sports Update, page 19.)