Sept. 23, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Engineers (3-4-0; 0-2 NEWMAC) entered Saturday's home match against Wheaton (5-3-1; 1-1-0 NEWMAC) looking to avenge last season's loss to the Lyons in the NEWMAC (New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference) championship game. Unfortunately for the Cardinal and Gray, it wasn't to be, as Wheaton defeated MIT, 2-0, in a match that kicked off on a dark and dreary late morning.
The tone was set early, as a strong rivalry between the schools, coupled with muddy weather conditions, led to numerous fouls. By the end of the game, the Engineers had fouled Wheaton 24 times, while the Lyons had returned the favor 20 times themselves.
The play picked up early in the second half following a scoreless first. Wheaton's Trevor Cote blasted a header off the post in the 50th minute, giving MIT a scare and bringing the fans to their feet, before the Lyons finally opened the scoring in the 57th minute. Cote took a quick throw-in to captain Cameron Habib, and his driven cross was redirected into the net by Adam Sussman for the 1-0 lead.
Wheaton extended its lead to 2-0 in the 70th minute. Tech midfielder Andrew Bishara cleared a shot off the line, temporarily saving MIT, but the rebound was pounded home from close range by Dan Chong.
Tom Caldwell made two saves in net for the Engineers, while David Croft made three saves in earning his first victory of the season in his first start.
Tech next take the field on Tuesday, Sept. 26 when it travels to Wenham, Mass. to take on Gordon College in a match that kicks off at 4:00 p.m. Wheaton hits the road that same day when it travels to Rhode Island to take on Roger Williams at 4:00 p.m.