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Men's Soccer Team Opens Seasons at 4-1

By Melissa Ronge
Team Statistician

The MIT men's soccer team started off the season by rushing out to a 4-1 record, beating Union College, SUNYGeneseo, Nichols College, and Trinity University.

The team began their season against Union College in the opening game of the Union Invitational Tournament. Andres J. Villaquiran '97 started out the scoring with a rocket shot that beat the Union goalkeeper.

David S. Danese '99 added another goal, after a nice pass from Stephen M. Wong '99, to pad the Engineers' lead. Even though Union scored late in the game, the Engineers were able to hold on for a 2-1 victory, earning them the right to play in the championship game against SUNY Geneseo.

At the end of that game, the two almost evenly-matched teams had taken the same number of shots and each goalkeeper had been credited with the same number of saves. The only thing uneven was the score. Once again, Danese booted in a goal, this time receiving a pass from Jaime E. Sarabia '98. The goal gave the Engineers a 1-0 lead, which they retained to secure the win and the tournament championship.

The first home game of the season proved to be unlucky as rival UMass-Boston jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead. The Engineers continued to fight back and with less than three minutes left to go in the game, Danese took a pass from David F. Lockwood '96 and Samuel M. Pearlman '96 and scored to tie the game up at 1. However, UMass struck twice in overtime, and MIT was unable to come back.

MIT recovered from that loss with a handy 3-0 victory of Nichols College. The scoring started when Pearlman finished off a pass from Lockwood. Christopher J. Danielian '97 added an insurance goal when he took a pass from Pearlman and booted it into the goal. Late in the game, Douglas C. MacIvor '98 made a nice pass to Wong who promptly finished off the Engineers scoring.

The Engineers faced Trinity University from Texas in their fifth game in nine days. Early on in the game, which was played in a torrential downpour, Danielian netted a pass from Villaquiran to give MIT a 1-0 lead. Shortly afterwards, one player from each team was shown the red card and thrown out of the game for fighting. That set the tone for the rest of the game as two more red and yellow cards were issued during the contest. Trinity scored to tie up the game, but then Sarabia put his own rebound into the goal to give the Engineers a 2-1 halftime lead. In the second half, Trinity scored again to send the game into overtime.

During the first overtime, a player from MIT was dragged down in the penalty box. A penalty shot was awarded, and Joseph O. Wenisch '96 put the shot in the lower corner to give MIT a 3-2 lead. From that point, the Engineers never looked back. Wenisch added a breakaway goal off a pass from Lockwood to bring the final score to 4-2.