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Gordon Outplays Men's Soccer Team, Wins 2-0

By Dan Wang
Staff Reporter

Gordon College handed the men's soccer team a 2-0 defeat, Monday at Steinbrenner Stadium. The Engineers lost their second game in a row, dropping to 6-6 for the season.

The Engineers performed disappointingly in sunny, but windy conditions. Throughout the game, Gordon dominated the offense, having many more chances to score than MIT. The first goal of the game came with 40 minutes, 23 seconds left in the first half, when a Gordon player made a free kick that caught the defense, and goalie Raja Jindal '95, off guard.

In the second half, the ball went back and forth, but Gordon spent slightly more time on the attack. Through the early part of the half, both teams had trouble keeping the ball within the boundaries of the field, causing many throw-ins and turnovers to be made.

MIT had some chances to score, but much like the previous half, could not put the ball in the opponent's goal. Part of the reason was the Gordon defense, which never allowed any MIT player to take an open shot on goal.

On the other hand, Gordon came very close to scoring on numerous occasions, in the second half. With about 30 minutes left to play, the Gordon offense had three corner kicks, which could have easily been converted to goals.

Minutes later, Gordon scored its second goal, at 18:17. On that play, an MIT defender tried to clear the ball out of his team's own half of the field, but mistimed it. As a result, a Gordon player took the ball and placed in the corner of the goal, away from Jindal. After the goal was scored, the Engineers tried making some last-minute attempts to score, but were unsuccessful.

Gordon proved to be stronger on offense, taking more shots than the MIT squad. The strength on offense allowed the goalie to make only three saves, while Jindal was forced to make seven. Play was stopped many times for fouls -- the two teams combined for 29 fouls, with MIT committing one more than Gordon. The Engineers were especially hurt by fouls, as turnovers broke up numerous potential scoring opportunities.

"They were simply outplayed," commented MIT coach Walter Alessi. "They did not run and pass the ball well enough, and the other team took control," he also said.

The team hopes to rebound from its setback, and finish with a winning record, as it faces the United States Coast Guard Academy tomorrow, 2:30 p.m., at home, for its final game of the season.