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Men...s Soccer Pulls Out NEWMAC Win As Season...s End Approaches

Mindy Brauer

The MIT men’s soccer team recorded its first NEWMAC victory of the 2005 campaign defeating WPI, 3-2, Thursday afternoon. Walter Song ’06 led MIT (7-7, 1-4 NEWMAC) with a pair of assists.

MIT wasted little time getting on the scoreboard, finding the back of the net 5:03 into the contest. Song fed Ryan T. Sheffler ’07, whose shot bounced off goalie Matthew Cichon’s right leg as he dove for the save. WPI (7-6-1, 1-4-1 NEWMAC) responded with the equalizer less than three minutes later when Matthew Young connected on a pass from Brandon Finzel.

MIT took the lead for good after Nitin Perumbeti ’09 sent a throughball to Craig M. Bielski ’08 who wove through the defense for a goal in the 33rd minute. MIT maintained its slim 2-1 advantage at the intermission, marking the first time it has led at the break since Oct. 9 against Brandeis University.

MIT continued to attack in the second frame, extending its lead in the 58th minute. Song’s strike on an indirect kick outside of the box was stopped by Cichon, but landed at the feet of Chase J. Lochmiller ’08. Lochmiller capitalized on the deflection and booted it in for his third game-winning goal of the year.

WPI generated some offensive pressure of its own and found success with 9:50 left to play in regulation when Ryan Joy converted a penalty kick, cutting its deficit to one (3-2).

The remainder of the contest was a defensive battle as neither squad wanted to allow a late goal. In net, Thomas S. Caldwell ’09 collected six saves for MIT. Cichon made nine stops for WPI in 78 minutes while Brian Catalano closed out the contest with two saves.

MIT will close out the regular season on Saturday, Oct. 29 at Wheaton College.