Engineers Struggle at Wheaton
NORTON, Mass. – In its final game of the regular season, the MIT men's soccer team fell to Wheaton College, 5-0, on Saturday afternoon. The loss drops the Engineers to 8-7-0 (2-4-0 NEWMAC) and gives them the No. 5 seed in NEWMAC Tournament. The Cardinal and Gray will travel to No. 4 WPI for a first round game on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 6:00 p.m. The Lyons (9-7-2, 4-2-0 NEWMAC) secured the No. 3 seed and will face No. 2 seed Springfield College in the semifinals.
David Turina picked up two assists while Rory McGonigle tallied a goal and also assisted on Conor Finn's second goal of the season. MIT's best scoring opportunity was on a strike by senior Zach Kabelac (Potomac, Md.) early in the game.
Travis Blair staked the Lyons to a 1-0 lead 26:12 into the match with his eighth goal of the season. Will Nesbitt sent a pass to Blair in the box, and he deposited his shot into the lower right corner. The half closed with the home team holding an 8-5 edge in shots.
Five minutes into the second stanza, the Lyons took advantage of their second corner kick opportunity of the afternoon and made the score 2-0. Turino lofted the ball into the box that Blair headed past senior goalkeeper Dylan Rankin (Providence, R.I.) at 50:46.
Fifteen minutes later, Federico Kelly scored off a free kick from midfield by Turino to push the lead to 3-0. McGonigle's second goal of the season came off a blast from 25 yards out that struck an MIT player and found its way inside the left post at 75:43. Finn capped the scoring when he took a breakaway feed from McGonigle and scored into the right side of the net at 76:54.
The Lyons finished the match with a 17-9 advantage in shots and a slight 3-2 edge in corner kicks. Wheaton freshman goalkeeper Devin Delfino made one save in 79:45 of action before being replaced by Jeff Paer. Rankin made one save and was removed with 20 minutes left in the match in favor of freshman Samuel Cannon (Scarsdale, N.Y.) who finished with one save.
Release Courtesy of Wheaton College Sports Information