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men’s soccer

This fall the MIT men’s soccer team will have to contend with the loss of not just skill but leadership as well. Captain Juan Araiza ’00 and assistant captain Fito Louis ’00, both league all-star selections, graduated this past spring. Louis was also the third leading scorer in MIT history.

Although it’s early in the season, head coach Walter Alessi is hoping for important contributions from forward Luis Abrishamian-Garcia ’04, midfielder Doug Allaire ’04, sweeper Rory Foster ’04, forward Cory McLean ’04, forward/midfielder Nick Nestle ’04, and forward/midfielder Aaron Parness ’04.

“I expect us to be very competitive playing in a very strong league and against many strong non-league opponents,” Alessi said.

Stepping up in league games will be especially important; MIT went 1-6 in the NEWMAC last year, with a 5-12 record overall. Avenging two losses to Springfield College would be an especially sweet way to improve the conference record this year.

“All of our league games will be tough since all of them were very close last year. Probably the one that we are most looking forward to is Springfield. They beat us 1-0 during the regular season and in the league tournament beat us in the fourth overtime, again 1-0,” Alessi said.