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Men's Soccer Sets School Record For Wins, Ends Season at 10-7-1

By Melissa N. Ronge
Team Statistician

The men's soccer team ended the year with the most wins in the team's 74 year history. In the last two games, MIT tied Gordon and lost to the Coast Guard to bring their record up to 10񫞅 overall. They finished fourth in the league with a 34 record.

Last Thursday's game against Gordon was a battle of momentum. MIT scored the first goal when Samuel M. Pearlman '96 headed in a cross from Ryan S. Balter '99.

Gordon came back in the second half, scoring two quick goals to take the lead. MIT wasn't about to give up, and Andre B. Brandao '96 headed a throw in from Douglas C. MacIvor '98 just out of the goalkeeper's reach to send the game into overtime.

In the first overtime period, MIT dominated with many quality scoring chances, but was unable to capitalize. Early in the second overtime, Gordon scored what looked like the winning goal, but the Engineers kept fighting. Andres J. Villaquiran '97 put a shot in from Christopher J. Danielian '97 late in the game to tie it up.

In the final minutes, MIT had more scoring opportunities but couldn't put any in, and the score stood at 33. The game could have been out of reach for the Engineers had it not been for the solid play of keeper Ryan J. Bryla '97, who ended the game with six saves.

20 loss to CoastGuard

Against Coast Guard on Saturday, the Engineers had to battle more than just the opponent. It was a very cold, rainy day, and the Engineers were down players due to injures that had accrued throughout the season. MIT didn't come out with all pistons firing and wasn't able to gain any momentum. Coast Guard scored a goal late in the first half to further dampen the Engineer spirits.

In the second half, Coast Guard came out hard and scored a goal within the first few minutes. MIT tried to get back in the game but was unsuccessful. They were unable to capitalize on their few chances, and the game ended 20 in favor of the Black Bears. Keeper Bryla recorded 4 saves to keep the game close.

Throughout the season, there have been many highlights. The first was MIT's championship in the Union Invitational Tournament. The Engineers started the season by winning four out of their first five games, posting convincing wins against Nichols and Trinity (Texas).

As the season progressed, MIT lost several tight games but still posted impressive wins against Norwich, Trinity (Conn.), Wentworth, Western New England College, and Curry.