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Soccer Loses in 2OT Marathon

Each Team Fires 23 Shots, Coast Guard Wins 3-2 in 103rd Minute

By Jeff Lemieux

Midfielder Andrew M. Bishara ’09 scored two goals, including a dramatic equalizer with under three minutes remaining in regulation, but it wasn’t enough for men’s soccer (3-6, 0-3 in NEWMAC) to overcome Coast Guard (6-2-1, 2-0) in a 3-2 double overtime loss on Saturday afternoon.

The Coast Guard Bears proved that every second of each half counts, as they scored in both the first and last minutes of the opening half. Tech found itself in a hole from the outset after Coast Guard took the lead just 35 seconds into the contest when senior Ryan Poitinger scored off an assist from fellow senior Casey Steuer. The lead was extended to 2-0 with just 45 seconds remaining in the first half when Peter Deneen found Ben Weber for the finish.

The Engineers refused to go down without a fight, however, and their efforts paid off when Bishara slashed the lead in half in the 65th minute. The Toledo, Ohio native then scored his second goal of the game — and third of the season — in the 87th minute to knot the game at 2-2. Both of his goals were unassisted.

Despite having their chances in the extra sessions, it wasn’t to be for the Engineers, who conceded the game-winner to Steuer three minutes into the second overtime period.

Each team put its opponents’ keeper to the test, getting off 23 shots apiece. Freshman Timothy Olah made nine saves for the Bears, while Thomas S. Caldwell ’09 stopped six shots for the Engineers.

MIT will look to end a five game losing streak when it begins a five game home-stand against Brandeis tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.