Sept. 27, 2008
By Clark University Sports Information
WORCESTER, Mass. – MIT remained unbeaten and extended its winning streak to a program-best 10 games with a 2-1 victory over host Clark University in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men’s soccer game on Saturday. Ranked 10th in New England by the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll, the Engineers improved to 9-0-1 on the year and 1-0 in conference play while the Cougars dropped to 5-2-2 overall and 0-1-1 in the NEWMAC.
MIT broke open the scoring just under 10 minutes into the game when Christian Therkelsen one-timed a cross from Zachary Kabelac and lofted it into the far corner of the net. Clark’s Brian Doenmez had a chance to tie it up minutes later, but his direct kick was turned away on a diving save by MIT goalie Tom Caldwell.
Therkelsen increased the Engineers’ lead to 2-0 in the 17th minute. The sophomore forward collected a punt from Caldwell at midfield and dribbled it inside the Clark penalty area where his shot bounced off keeper Peter Wise’s hands and into the back of the net.
The Cougars ended the shutout at the 69:04 mark when Doenmez sent a free kick into the box and Mike Trobagis converted the pass with a diving header into the far corner. Despite playing with a man-down during the final 10 minutes of the game, Clark had three chances to post the equalizer but each attempt was snuffed out by Caldwell. Adrian Blackadar’s backwards header at 86:32 and back-to-back shots by Trobagis and Doenmez were stopped point blank by Caldwell to preserve the victory.
Caldwell finished with nine saves while Wise collected four for Clark.