Grad Soccer Beats Black RoseBy Josh Elliott
MIT grad soccer bounced back from last week's loss to defending league champions Canary Square by defeating Black Rose, 3-2 last Saturday. This game was always going to be tricky since Black Rose, at the foot of the table, were expected to pull out all the stops in order to gain a victory and save themselves from relegation to the Second Division.
It looked like the apprehension was unfounded and that it was going to be an easy game after all when Bashar Zeitoon volleyed MIT into the lead after 10 minutes.
However MIT players were stunned when Black Rose snatched an equalizer against the run of play after 25 minutes. Slack marking by the MIT midfield allowed a Black Rose midfielder to find the net from about ten yards.
After 34 minutes, MIT regained the lead for good when an astute cross from Mark Grodzinsky G found Josh Elliott G at the far post. The header was saved by a defender but Elliott scored on the rebound.
MIT dominated in the second half but did not create many chances. Finally Richard Stringfellow sealed the victory after a defense-splitting pass from Jerome Gherchanoc.
Black Rose made the last few minutes anxious ones for MIT by narrowing the gap to 3-2. The goal resulted from a penalty kick after Jose Luis Robles G appeared to have fairly challenged the Black Rose striker.
MIT is now in second place, one point behind the current league leader, Lexington with one game to go. Lexington will play Harvard, currently third from the bottom, while MIT have another tricky contest against a desperate relegation-threatened team, Hibernians.
If MIT wins and Lexington tie, because of its superior goal difference, MIT will "take the silver" (championship).