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Men's Soccer Improves Record with 3-1 Win over Rose-Hulman

By Thomas Kettler
Staff Reporter

In front of a capacity crowd of nearly 30 last Thursday, the men's soccer team hosted the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Fightin' Engineers and beat them, 31.

The nonconference victory puts the team 351 overall.

In the first half, MIT completely controlled the ball and scored their three goals at this time. Their first goal came halfway into the game when Robert Frederick '95 scored his third goal of the season on an assist by Brian D'Amato '96, his first of the season.

Twelve minutes and four offsides calls later, two former junior varsity players teamed up when Scott Barnard '98 scored his first goal of the season with help from Andre Brandao '96, his first assist.

Three minutes later, with about nine minutes left in the half, David Roberts '95 scored his second goal of the season on an assist by Brian DiVasta '95, his first. The score remained 30 at halftime.

In the second half, the Engineers did not demonstrate nearly as much intensity as in the first and allowed the Fightin' Engineers to keep the ball in the MIT half of the field for almost the entire period.

This was demonstrated during a six-minute period at 15 minutes left in the game, when the ball never left the MIT half. At the midpoint of that stretch, Robb McGhie scored the only Rose-Hulman goal of the match. They would have scored more if goalkeeper Raja Jindal '95 had not made several excellent saves.

Head coach Walter Alessi said, "We played reasonably in the first half. We had a few defensive lapses in the first half, but fortunately we were able to get away with them."

Alessi did say that he was disappointed with the second half, though he was happy with the win.

The men's team plays their final home game Thursday at 3:00 p.m. against Curry College at Steinbrenner Stadium.