STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - A straight shot into the center of a wide open net in the 14th minute of play by sophomore Austin Freel (San Diego, Calif.) was the game-winning goal that helped lift the MIT men's soccer team to a 6-1 win over the College of Staten Island at the CSI Fall Classic on Saturday afternoon. In the season-opener for both squads, Freel and fellow sophomore Sean Bingham (Garden City, N.Y.), the leading MIT scorer from last season with 16 goals, led the Engineers with four goals and two assists between them.
MIT, who was described as "high energy and high pressure" by Michael Baybusky and David Pizzuto on air, started the game strongly. Just four minutes in, junior Bokil Lopez-Pineda (Eagan, Minn.) shook off a Staten Island defender to pass the ball to Bingham, who sent a rocket into the back of the net from five yards out, scoring his first goal of the season. At the 10 minute mark, following a handball by MIT, the Dolphins' Alfonso Castaneda sank the ball into the far side of the net on a penalty kick, evening the score.
Four minutes later, MIT took the lead once again with a goal shot by Freel into the center of the box, with an assist from Bingham. Less than 10 minutes later, Bingham made it past the Dolphins' defense to score his second goal of the game. With the first half winding down, junior Chester Chambers (Columbia, Md.) stole the ball from three Dolphins, moving closer to the opposing net before the ball was knocked away. The first period ended with an MIT lead of 3-1.
Early in the second half, sophomore goalkeeper Jake Amereno (Commack, N.Y.) was in a good position to make a save of a could-be goal, preventing Staten Island from closing the scoring gap. With over twenty minutes of scoreless, back-and-forth action, Bingham broke free and shot the ball clear over goalkeeper John Gioeli's head to mark his third goal of the game, the most goals he has ever scored in a single game.
Just thirty seconds after being substituted into the game, sophomore Fernando Cunha (Ormond Beach, Fla.) sank the ball into the back of the net, scoring his first goal of his collegiate career, following a pass from junior Nicholas Diamantoni (Boca Raton, Fla.). At 89:55, with just five seconds left on the clock, sophomore Joe Schuman (West Hartford, Conn.) received a pass from junior Nikolas Albarran (Buffalo, N.Y.) to score his first goal of the season, ending the game with a score of 6-1.
Tech outshot the Dolphins 26-7 and only had to make three saves. Amereno spent 79 minutes in net and made all three saves, while junior Sam Cannon (Scarsdale, N.Y.) substituted in for the last 10 minutes.
MIT will return to action tomorrow when it faces Brooklyn College on the second day of the CSI Fall Classic at 2:00 p.m.