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Men's Soccer Downs WNEC, 4-1

By Dan Wang
Staff Reporter

The men's soccer team seemed unaffected by a ten-day break from games on Saturday, as it defeated Western New England College, 4-1. This victory improved the Engineers' season record to 5-3.

MIT gained an early lead and never lost it. Samuel Pearlman '96 scored two goals in the first two minutes, the first on an assist by Jason Grapski '94 and the second on an assist by Nathan Watson '95. Minutes later, David Roberts '95 increased the gap to 3-0, with another assist by Grapski. After that, no goals were scored for more than ten minutes, until a WNEC player placed the ball out of reach of MIT goalie Raja Jindal '95 to make the score 3-1.

For most of the end of the first half and the beginning of the second, the two sides traded control of the ball. Both MIT and WNEC had numerous chances to score, but simply could not put the ball in the opponent's net.

Pearlman scored the only goal of the second half with 30 minutes, 59 seconds left in the game, on assists by Attila Lengyel '94 and Brian DiVasta '95. Despite being unable to score again, the Engineers controlled the tempo from that point on, spending much more time on the WNEC half of the field than on their own.

Statistics clearly showed that MIT combined a strong offense with a tenacious defense. MIT goalies Jindal and Andrew Allen '96 had three saves each, out of only seven shots-on-goal, as the defense was able to keep the ball away from the goal area. On the other hand, MIT's offense took fifteen shots-on-goal, forcing eleven saves by three WNEC goalies, as well as scoring four goals.

The next three upcoming games will all be played at MIT. The Engineers face Tufts University today and Curry College on Thursday, as well as meeting Clark University on Saturday, as part of Homecoming Weekend.