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Grad Soccer Settles for Scoreless Tie with FC Zaire

By Josh Elliott
Team Member

Hot and humid conditions and a short, uneven field resulted in a somewhat slow and scrappy game for the Graduate Student Soccer Club against FC Zaire in Mattapan last Saturday. The game ended in a scoreless tie.

Indeed, at one stage, a small segment of the 100-strong crowd wandered over to the shade past the end of the field to find (what they considered) more lively entertainment in a game of craps.

The MIT team is somewhat frustrated at being held to a draw by this newly-promoted team that is currently in sixth place in the Bay State League. FC Zaire provided sturdy opposition in the corresponding Spring fixture, which resulted in an MIT home win with a deceptive 52 scoreline.

A tight first half saw FC Zaire have slightly more of the play. Nonetheless, a quick breakaway late in the half resulted in Franz Menard's G strong shot being parried away in desperation by the Zaire goalie for a corner. MIT came began to dominate as the second half wore on and the Zaire players became tired.

A 20-yard shot from Jerome Gherchanoc G dipped fiercely to clip the crossbar. Tony Dias G also blasted a dipping shot to the far post which the Zaire goalie somehow managed to parry wide.

The best chance to score came when confusion between the Zaire goalie and two defenders resulted in the ball being cleared to Harry Bingham G standing alone at the edge of the penalty box. He connected perfectly but his screamer of a shot unfortunately hit the goalkeeper square in the chest.

Given that MIT probably had the better of the few chances to score that arose, they probably will consider that they played their cards appropriately in what was going to be a tricky fixture versus an unpredictable opposition. While a loss would have probably ended MIT's title ambitions, a tied game certainly doesn't put the team out of contention.