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Soccer Breaks Losing Streak With a 3-0 Win

By Jeff Lemieux
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Josh J. Campoverde ’08, Tristan G. Kooistra ’09 and James C. Zorich ’08 all scored second half goals and Thomas S. Caldwell ’09 picked up his first shut out of the season on Monday afternoon, helping MIT Men’s Soccer (4-7-0) blank Wentworth Institute of Technology (7-2-1) 3-0.

The win ended an unchartacteristic six game losing streak for MIT and continued the Engineers run of success against the Leopards, pushing their record to 9-3 in the all time series.

The first half was mainly a midfield battle, with each team struggling to find its shooting boots. The period saw just three shots — two for the Leopards and one for the Engineers, all of which were stopped short of the goal line.

Both squads came out firing on all cylinders in the second half. The Engineers took advantage of their chances and opened the scoring in the 48th minute through Campoverde. The junior forward took a brilliant pass from captain Ryan T. Sheffler ’07 in alone on Wentworth keeper Brad Loew, sliding the ball under the net-minder for the eventual game-winner. It was Campoverde’s second game winning goal of the season.

Kooistra extended the lead to 2-0 in the 70th minute with his first collegiate goal. The Campobello, S.C. native was quickest to react after a scramble in front of the net, smashing the ball home from six yards out.

The scoring was complete in the 77th minute when Andrew M. Bishara ’09 assisted on Zorich’s first goal of the season.

Caldwell made three saves in goal, including a spectacular diving stop early in the second half, en route to his first shut out of the season. He had three clean sheets last year. Loew took the loss for the Leopards, recording one save before making way for Mike Gregory, who didn’t face a shot.

MIT continues its five game home stand on Saturday, Oct. 14, when it welcomes NEWMAC foe Babson for a 10:00 a.m. match.