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Wheaton Scores Twice in 2nd Half To Beat Soccer in a Muddy Match

By Jeff Lemieux

The MIT men’s soccer team (3–4–0; 0–2 NEWMAC) entered Saturday’s home match against Wheaton (5–3–1; 1–1–0 NEWMAC) looking to avenge last season’s loss to the Lyons in the conference championship game. Unfortunately for the Cardinal and Gray, it wasn’t to be, as Wheaton defeated MIT 2–0 in a match that kicked off on a dark and dreary late morning.

A strong rivalry between the schools, coupled with muddy weather conditions, led to numerous fouls, setting the tone of the game early. By the end of the game, the Engineers had fouled Wheaton 24 times, while the Lyons had returned the favor 20 times.

The play picked up early in the second half following a scoreless first. Wheaton’s Trevor Cote blasted a header off the post in the 50th minute, giving MIT a scare and bringing the fans to their feet, before the Lyons finally opened the scoring in the 57th minute. Cote took a quick throw-in and passed to captain Cameron Habib whose driven cross was redirected into the net by Adam Sussman for the 1–0 lead.

Wheaton extended its lead to 2–0 in the 70th minute. Tech midfielder Andrew M. Bishara ’09 cleared a shot off the line, temporarily saving MIT, but the rebound was pounded home from close range by Dan Chong.

Thomas S. Caldwell ’09 made two saves in net for the Engineers, while Wheaton’s David Croft made three saves, earning his first victory of the season in his first start.

MIT takes the field again today on the road in Wenham, Mass., taking on Gordon College in a match that kicks off at 4:00 p.m.