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Men...s Soccer Wins 4-3 Overtime Thriller

By Caroline Huang
GUEST WRITER

The MIT men’s soccer team overcame Tufts in a hard-fought 4-3 overtime victory last Wednesday.

Andrew M. Bishara ’09 slotted a goal into the back of the net for MIT (3-1-0), converting his only shot into the game winner. MIT dominated the overtime period and prevented Tufts (0-1-1) from getting a shot on goal.

This stood in stark contrast to much of the game, which featured missed opportunities and sloppy defense by both teams. “Both teams had lapses on defense. They hit the crossbar twice and the uprights twice. We missed four point-blank scoring chances,” MIT Coach Walter A. Alessi said.

Forward Alex R. Morgan ’07 opened the scoring just two minutes into the game, cleaning up a loose ball at the top of the box to give MIT a 1-0 lead. Morgan eventually tallied two goals and an assist.

Despite falling behind early, Tufts (0-1-1) had abundant chances to put the game away, most notably the four shots that bounced off the goal posts. Goalkeeper Thomas S. Caldwell ’09 made several tough reaction saves to keep MIT in the game.

Tufts forward Dan Jozwiak tied up the score in the 23rd minute when Daniel S. Perry ’08 could not intercept a pass by Joey Stampone.

A flurry of scoring in the second half began when the Jumbos’ Bob Kastoff capitalized on confusion near the MIT goal mouth in the 65th minute. However, the Engineers struck right back when Ryan T. Sheffler ’07 hit a free kick that defender David Nole redirected into his own goal just four minutes later.

Jon Glass gave Tufts the lead again at 3-2 when he converted a volley off a corner kick by Andrew Drucker in the 74th minute.

With less than ten minutes left to play, MIT scored the equalizer when Morgan put a header in the back of the net. Morgan’s goal came off a combination of a corner kick secondary assist by Sheffler, followed by a header assist by Matthew R. Greyson ’10. This set the stage for an exciting overtime.

Alessi attributed MIT’s depth and fitness as the determining factors in the win. “We have many quality players and are able to keep our top players fresh. The two players involved in the winning goal had been rested just prior to the start of overtime,” he said.

The Engineers play their next home game against Amherst College on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 4:30 p.m.