CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Following an upsetting loss to Coast Guard over the weekend, the MIT men's soccer team turned things around quickly when they shut out Elms College with a score of 8-0 on a brisk Monday night. The Engineers improved to 10-4-1 for the season, while the Blazers dipped to 6-7-2.
Right from the beginning, MIT took control of the ball, taking eight shots at goal before the Blazers took their first. Keeper Nicholson Pennant was kept busy in the first half, saving six shots in the first 19 minutes alone, while freshman goalie Jake Amereno (Commack, N.Y.) saw little action and did not have to save any saves. In the 24th minute, junior Matthew Monheit (Abington, Pa.) scored the first goal of the night, and what turned out to be the game-winning goal, with assists by freshman Austin Freel (San Diego, Calif.) and sophomore Nick Diamantoni (Belle Mead, N.J.). Just five minutes later, junior Jonathan Tebes (Hamden, Conn.) scored his second goal of the season. With less than three minutes remaining in the first half, following a cross from freshman Stephen Rodan (Potomac, Md.) that brought Pennant out of the net, fellow freshman Sean Bingham (Garden City, N.Y.) shot the ball into the left corner of the cage, giving the Engineers a solid lead of 3-0 over the Blazers going into the second period.
With Christian Kostka in net for the Blazers and sophomore Samuel Cannon (Scarsdale, N.Y.) replacing Amereno, the second half was underway. In the 56th minute, freshman Joe Schuman (West Hartford, Conn.) scored his first collegiate goal following a corner kick by Diamantoni. No more than 30 seconds later, following a cross from junior John Kramer (Glastonbury, Conn.), Bingham, once again, took advantage of an open net and scored his 13th goal of the season and MIT's fifth of the game. With less than 20 minutes left on the clock, after a cross from sophomore Jason Adler (Scarsdale, N.Y.), fellow sophomore Bokil Lopez-Pineda (Eagan, Minn.) snuck another ball past Kostka. Less than three minutes later, MIT was back at it when a ball shot by junior Andrew Fijan (Westchester, Pa.) forced Kostka out of the net yet again, leaving the cage wide open for sophomore Alexander Dago (Chicago, Ill.) to boot the ball in. With ten minutes remaining in the game, senior Cameron McCord (Springfield, Va.) scored his first goal of the season and the final one of the game with an assist by Adler.
All three MIT goalkeepers appeared in net during the game; sophomore Colin Hong (Honolulu, Hawaii) played the remaining 11 minutes and had to make two saves, while neither Cannon nor Amereno had to make any saves. Elms also used all three of its goalkeepers and they totaled 17 saves throughout the entire game. The Engineers outshot the Blazers, 44-7.
MIT will close its regular season in Worcester, Mass. when it faces Clark University on Saturday, Oct. 27, while Elms will host Becker College on Wednesday, Oct. 24.