NORTON, Mass. – MIT men's soccer defeated Wheaton, 1-0, in overtime of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship quarterfinals. Sophomore Nick Diamantoni (Belle Mead, N.J.) scored the golden goal in the 96th minute following a cross from junior Andrew Fijan (Westchester, Pa.). The Engineers will advance to the semifinals where they will play Babson, the second year in a row that the two teams have met at NEWMACs.
MIT had its first chance at a goal in the first minute of play when freshman Sean Bingham (Garden City, N.Y.) shot and hit the crossbar, setting the fast pace of the game right from the beginning. The Cardinal and Gray outshot the Lyons, 6-4, in the first half, keeping goalie Jeff Paer on his toes, while freshman keeper Jake Amereno (Commack, N.Y.) saw little action.
The Engineers picked up the intensity in the second half, outshooting Wheaton, 15-6, but only four of them were dangerous enough to bring Paer out of the cage to make a save. Diamantoni and sophomore John Kramer (Glastonbury, Conn.) both had promising shots at a goal a few seconds apart in the 89th minute, but were thwarted by Paer. Amereno had to make two saves within a few minutes of each other. With no time left on the clock and no goals on the board, the game went into overtime.
Bingham took the only shot in the overtime period, which was saved by the Lyons. With less than four minutes remaining in the 10 minute period, Diamantoni scored his fifth goal of the season, ending the game with an MIT victory of 1-0.
MIT will next travel to Wellesley, Mass. to play Babson at the NEWMAC semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 10:30 a.m.