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Unbeaten Men’s Soccer Defeats WPI, 1-0

Senior netminder Thomas S. Caldwell ’09 turned away four shots en route to his Institute-record 15th career shutout as the MIT men’s soccer team edged out WPI, 1-0, in a NEWMAC contest on Saturday evening. With the win, MIT remains unbeaten and is now 10-0-1 overall and 2-0 in conference play while WPI dropped to 5-4 on the year and 0-3 in NEWMAC action.

Jason Zhu ’11 knocked home a deflection with just 3:10 left in the game to help lift MIT to the dramatic victory. The match was a tightly contested defensive battle with WPI enjoying a small advantage in shots (10-6) while MIT had a slight edge in corner kicks (4-3).

Zhu’s goal, his third of the season, gave MIT its sixth straight victory. The Engineers were ranked ninth in New England in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) regional poll and, along with defending national champion Middlebury College, Salem State College, and Norwich University, are one of only four undefeated teams in the region.

—Mindy Brauer, DAPER Staff

MIT Edges Out Salve Regina, 5-4

In the inaugural meeting between both programs, the MIT men’s tennis team posted a 5-4 victory over visiting Salve Regina University on Saturday. The Seahawks established a 2-1 edge following doubles play, but the Engineers countered by winning four singles matches to clinch the team victory.

Salve Regina’s Andrew Martin and Trey Van Buskirk held off Kevin Pang ’11 and David. E. Iba ’09, 8-6, in the top doubles spot. Ken Van Tilburg ’11 and Brian J. Wee ’12 captured MIT’s lone doubles point by defeating Stephen Boreen and Charles Normington, 8-6, in the next slot. Steve Masso and Collin Cunningham wrapped up doubles play with an 8-5 decision over Peden P. Nichols ’09 and Elia S. Harmatz ’12.

Pang led off singles action with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Martin in the No. 1 position. Van Buskirk topped Van Tilburg, 6-2, 6-4, in the next spot while Wee defeated Boreen, 6-3, 6-2. Nichols notched a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Normington in the No. 4 slot while Masso outlasted Ryan W. Castonia ’09, 3-6, 6-2, 10-6. Harmtaz closed out the day for MIT with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Cunningham in the No. 6 spot.

MIT’s fall season will conclude on Wednesday, Oct. 8 when it hosts Bentley College.

—James Kramer, DAPER Staff

Field Hockey Falls at Springfield, 3-1

The Springfield College field hockey team netted a goal in the first four minutes of play and never looked back en route to a 3-1 victory over MIT in NEWMAC play on Saturday morning.

The Pride jumped on the board first as Becca Gamble took a feed from Alexa Carlson during a scramble in front of the goal and slipped the ball past MIT goalie Keri A. Dixon ’12 just 3:40 into the contest.

Morgan Rein gave the Pride a 2-0 advantage scoring a shot from seven yards out into the back of the goal after she received a pass from teammate Meg Bradley.

MIT cut the Pride’s lead to one with just over 10 minutes remaining in regulation as Ekavali Mishra ’10 finished a pass from Anna H. Teruya ’12 on a penalty corner.

However, Springfield, which applied constant pressure throughout the contest, put the game away two minutes later as Jane Kelleher netted her team-leading seventh goal of the year.

Carlson finished the game with two assists for Springfield, while Alison McCarthy recorded the win in goal, making just one save on four shots faced.

The Pride outshot MIT 29-4 in the game as goalie Dixon made five stops for the Engineers.

The Engineers will look to pick up their first conference win Tuesday, Oct. 7 when they travel to Babson College.

—Greg McKeever, DAPER Staff