Freshmen Freel and Bingham Lead Engineers to Victory Over Tufts

Freshman Sean Bingham

SOMERVILLE, Mass. - After falling a goal behind just six minutes into the first half, the MIT men's soccer team fought for the win with a two-goal second half in its game against Tufts on Tuesday afternoon. Freshman Sean Bingham (Garden City, N.Y.) broke the tie when he scored the game-winning goal in the 87th minute of play. The Engineers are now 9-3-1 for the season, while the Jumbos fell to 6-3-3.

Tufts got an early lead when, in the sixth minute, Gus Santos shot the ball past sophomore keeper Samuel Cannon (Scarsdale, N.Y.) and into the lower right corner of the net, leaving MIT to play catch up very early in the game. The Engineers took four shots at goalie Nick Moeser, but only one by junior Matthew Monheit (Abington,  Pa.) needed to be saved.

The Engineers quickly found themselves back in the game when freshman Austin Freel (San Diego, Calif.) tied the game up eight minutes into the second half when he shot from 40 yards out, sending the ball to the top right corner of the net. Ten minutes later, Tufts had another chance at a goal when Santos lobbed the ball at the net, but freshman keeper Jake Amereno (Commack, N.Y.), who went into the game for the second half, was able to push the ball just over the cage. Amereno went on to have four saves in the second period.

With a 1-1 game and three minutes left on the clock, Bingham shot the ball over Moeser's head and into the lower right corner of the net after a cross from Freel, giving the Engineers a lead. The Jumbos tried to retaliate in the last two minutes, taking two more shots at the goal. One of them hit the crossbar while the other one went just over the top of the net. The game ended with an MIT victory, 2-1.

MIT will return to action when it hosts NEWMAC foe Coast Guard on Saturday, Oct. 20, while Tufts will host Hamilton that same day.