BRISTOL, R.I. – Facing its third consecutive regionally-ranked opponent in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll, the No. 9 MIT men's soccer team fell to No. 4 Roger Williams University, 1-0, in a non-conference tilt on Wednesday. The loss lowered the Engineers' ledger to 4-3-1 on the season while the Hawks improved to 7-0-1.
MIT dominated the attack in the first half, tallying 10 shots, six of which were on goal. The Engineers almost got on the board in the 26th minute when senior goalie Dylan Rankin (Providence, R.I.) lofted a strong kick past midfield that bounced just outside the box. Freshman John Kramer (Glastonbury, Conn.) chased down the pass but it ricocheted off of him, resulting in a handball and thwarted his run towards the net.
The Cardinal and Gray's best attempt at ending the deadlock came in the 48th minute. Junior Ben Lewis (West Hartford, Conn.) unleashed a shot off a corner kick, but the Hawks' Billy Kissane headed the ball out of danger. Roger Williams broke through the defensive battle in the 62nd minute when Kissane found the back of net courtesy of feeds from Bradley Macdonald and Daniel Caruso. The Hawks defense was impenetrable down the stretch as it withstood five shots from the Engineers.
Rankin made three saves for the visitors while Jon Pelloso turned away nine shots for Roger Williams.
MIT returns to NEWMAC action on Saturday, Sept. 24 when it travels to WPI for a 5:00 p.m. start.