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Men's Soccer Gets Slow Start in League Play

By Melissa Ronge
Team Statistician

The men's soccer team ended their first week of league play with a record of 1-2 (5-3 overall).

MIT's first loss of the week came at the hands of WPI. The Engineers started the game at a disadvantage, as several key players were unable to play. The game was very lopsided, as MIT outshot WPI 2 to 1. In the end, WPI was able to capitalize on an MIT mistake and win the game 1-0.

The Engineers' next game, against Norwich, ended quite differently, as MIT won 4-0. In the first half, Andres J. Villaquiran '97 started things off by finishing a pass from Christopher J. Danielian 97. Later, Samuel M. Pearlman '96 passed to David S. Danese '99, who put a shot in the net to finish off the scoring for the half.

In the second half, Villaquiran and Scott Q. Barnard '97 tallied goals, with assists by Joseph O. Wenisch 96 and Pearlman respectively. Goalkeeper Ryan J. Bryla '96 ended the game with 5 saves to preserve the shutout. In MIT's game against Babson, the field conditions proved to be as big an obstacle to overcome as the team itself. Players were losing their footing throughout the game. In the first half, Steven L. Wong '99 headed in a nice cross from Jeffrey K. Steinheider 99 to give the Engineers a 1-0 lead. But the lead would prove to be short lived as Babson scored the next three goals, the first one coming a mere minute after the Wong goal. The Engineers seemed about to give up, but late in the second half, Wong put in a pass from Danielian to give the Engineers some spark.

Although they had a couple of chances late, MIT was unable to score on any of them and lost the game 3-2. A bright spot in the game was Bryla, who made several key saves to keep the Babson score low.