Engineers Rally Past Emerson, 4-1
BOSTON, Mass. – MIT rattled off four unanswered goals in the second half to come from behind and defeat Emerson College, 4-1, in a non-conference men's soccer game on Monday. Freshman Alexander Dago (Chicago, Ill.) led the way with one goal and an assist as the Engineers improved to 4-0-0 on the season.
Although MIT registered six of the first eight shots and four corner kicks to start the game, it was the host Lions that got on the board first when Cory Walls connected on a feed from Jacob Lawrence in the 26th minute. The Engineers continued to pepper Emerson's defense, adding eight more shots to their total, but were unable to break through before halftime.
The Cardinal and Gray maintained its offensive pressure, eventually registering the equalizer courtesy of freshman John Kramer's (Glastonbury, Conn.) blast from 20 yards out in the 50th minute. MIT's attack was unrelenting during the next 22 minutes and it finally produced the game-winning goal on a free kick by sophomore Matthew Monheit (Abington, Pa.) that was headed in by junior Ben Lewis (West Hartford, Conn.).
The Engineers pulled away with a pair of strikes during the final five minutes of regulation. Freshman Chester Chambers (Columbia, Md.) redirected a pass from Dago who then followed with a breakaway that resulted in a shot to the top left corner of the net.
Senior Dylan Rankin (Providence, R.I.) grabbed two saves in the win. MIT outshot Emerson, 31-8, for the game and held an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks.
The Engineers return to action on Saturday, Sept. 17 when they host Springfield College in the NEWMAC opener for both squads.