Oct. 1, 2006
NEW LONDON, Conn. - Sophomore midfielder Andrew Bishara scored two goals, including a dramatic equalizer with under three minutes remaining in regulation, but it wasn't enough to overcome Coast Guard, as the Engineers fell in double overtime on Saturday afternoon, 3-2. The loss sends MIT's record to 3-6 on the season (0-3 NEWMAC), while Coast Guard improves to 6-2-1 and remains undefeated (2-0) in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference.
The Bears proved that every second of each half counts, as they scored in both the first and last minutes of the opening stanza. Tech found itself in a hole from the outset, as Coast Guard took the lead just 35 seconds into the contest when senior Ryan Poitinger scored off an assist from fellow senior Casey Steuer. The lead was extended to 2-0 with just 45 seconds remaining in the first half when Peter Deneen found Ben Weber for the finish.
The Cardinal and Gray refused to go down without a fight, however, and its efforts paid off when Bishara slashed the lead in half in the 65th minute. The Toledo, Ohio native then secured his second goal of the game - and third of the season - in the 87th minute to knot the game at 2-2. Both of his goals were unassisted.
Despite having their chances in the extra sessions, it wasn't to be for the Engineers, who conceded the game-winner to Steuer three minutes into the second overtime period.
Each team put its opponents keeper to the test, with both Tech and Coast Guard recording 23 shots apiece. Freshman Tim Olah made nine saves for the Bears, while sophomore Tom Caldwell stopped six shots for the Engineers.
MIT will look to end a five game losing streak when it begins a five game home-stand against Brandeis on Wednesday, Oct. 4 in a match that is slated for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff. Coast Guard's next game will take place on Saturday, Oct. 7 when it travels to Wheaton for a NEWMAC showdown at 1:00 p.m.