October 20, 2012

MIT Loses to Coast Guard, 1-0, in Overtime

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Men's soccer lost to Coast Guard in overtime following a scoreless 90 minutes on senior day on Saturday afternoon when Matt Epperly scored five minutes into overtime. MIT fell to 9-4-1 for the season and 3-2-1 in conference play while the Bears are now at 10-4-1 for the season and 4-0-1 in NEWMAC play.

MIT outshot the Bears, 8-7, in the first half but were, in turn, outshot 10-5 in the second half and 2-0 in the first overtime period. Senior Ben Lewis (West Hartford, Conn.) and freshman Sean Bingham (Garden City, N.Y.) sent shots flying at the net in the first 45 minutes, but both were saved by keeper Richie Burns. Freshman goalie Jake Amereno (Commack, N.Y.), who appeared in net for the entire game, also made two saves during the first half.

With neither team scoring a goal, the second period began with a score of 0-0. Of the five shots that the Engineers took, only one by junior Tyler Singer-Clark (Falmouth, Mass.) was enough to force Burns out of the net to save it. In the 84th minute, Alexander Lane lobbed a ball directly at the net, but Amereno was able to punch the ball over the top of the cage. Still tied at 0-0 and with no time left on the clock, the game went into overtime.

It was clear right from the beginning of the first overtime period that the Bears were in control of the ball, taking a shot at the goal and having a corner kick within three minutes of the start of the 10 minute period. In the 95th minute, Amereno came out of the net to save the ball, which was when Epperly took advantage of the open goal and shot into the near left corner, ending the game.

MIT will next host Elms on Monday, Oct. 22 at 7:00 p.m., while Coast Guard will travel to Maritime (N.Y.) that same day.