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Men's Soccer Wins Two Against Curry, Clark

By Melissa N. Ronge
team statistician

The men's soccer team got back to its winning ways last week with wins against Curry College and Clark University. The victories bring the team's league record to 33 (106 overall).

In the Thursday game against Curry, MIT started out slowly but came around to record a 53 win. Curry came out quickly, scoring the first goal. MIT answered midway through the first half when Douglas C. MacIvor '98 threw the ball in to Jeffrey L. Steinheider '99, who crossed the ball in front of the goal for Jaime E. Sarabia '98 to finish off. A little later Curry took the lead again but MIT kept battling back. Andres J. Villaquiran '97 stole the ball from a defender, dribbled in a slide shot passed an out stretched keeper to tie the score up for halftime.

In the second half, the Engineers came out pumped up as they scored the next three goals. Villaquiran took a pass from Andre B. Brandao '96 to start things off. The next goal was scored when Thomas A. Barber '97 saved a corner kick from going out of bounds and in the process passed the ball to Samuel M. Pearlman '96, who put the ball through the back of the net. Pearlman finished off the Engineer's scoring after taking a pass from Villaquiran.

Curry fought back scoring a goal late in the game but it was too little too late as MIT won its ninth game of the season.

Scoring problems against Clark

Against Clark, the Engineers had a number of scoring opportunities, but was unable to put many in. Halfway through the first half, Clark scored a goal to give them their only lead of the game. Five minutes later, Christopher J. Danielian '97 put in a shot from Villaquiran to tie up the game. Throughout the first half, MIT lost some key players to injures.

As the Engineers started the second half, there was definite doubt how effective the team would be without these players. The bench rose to the occasion, holding Clark scoreless for the remainder of the game.

MITtook 13 shots on Clark in the second half but was unable to covert any of them, so the game went into overtime.

The two teams played through the first overtime without any score, but less than one minute into the second overtime, Scott Q. Barnard '97 took a pass from Villaquiran and hit a looping shot over the goalkeeper.

This score put MIT up for good as they went on to win the game 21.