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Grad Soccer Must Wait after 1-0 Loss

By Alex Pfaff
Team Member

The graduate soccer team went into its last game on Saturday, Nov. 5 expecting to win, with its title hopes hanging in the balance. However, it paid dearly for looking past its opponent Hibernian and lost the game 10.

Cellar-dweller Hibernian showed flashes of past championship form, while MIT showed little energy for the task at hand. MIT now must wait until next April to try again for the title.

Early on MIT actually looked as though it might get away with the title. Rodrigo "Romario" Capaz G burst through in pursuit of an incisive Pavel "Wally" Volfbeyn G header, but a solid shot on goal was foiled by the Hibernian keeper's desperation sprawl. Soon after, Josh "C'mon ref" Elliot G and Harry "the Hammer" Bingham G combined to make space deep on the right, but the resulting cross sailed harmlessly through the opposing goal area.

That was to be the story of the afternoon for MIT sorties to the fore: promising, but never quite enough to get the job done.

The defense labored mightily to make zero goals stand up for at least one point, and in regular play they were successful. But a set play in which the full Hibernian squad was inside the MIT goal box proved too much to resist. Keeper Bobby Padera G was excellent as always, scooping, snatching, punching, and parrying countless balls, but with the crowd in front of him, he could not even see the terminal shot until it was past him.

The dynamic duo of Bobby Orr-like offensive defensemen Malcom Quinn G and Steffen Ernst G turned in their usual excellent performances, and the vocal-quiet leadership pair Jose "also call me Carl" Robles G and Russell Allgor G were back in full force (shaking off, respectively, the effects of knee problems and a recent honeymoon). However the whole squad failed to pull together as they had done throughout this successful season.

Thus the team says yet again "wait 'til next year", although this team also arrives at season's end with a lot of good memories: Second place overall, a bunch of goals reminiscent of recent events in Haiti, Jerome Gherchanoc's G parties (as well as his goals), and most of all, the plastering of archrival Lexington 50.