First-Half Surge Helps Engineers Down Johnson and Wales, 5-2

Oct. 12, 2007

Box Score

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Junior Neil Zimmerman recorded a goal and two assists in a span of four hectic first-half minutes on Thursday evening, helping to propel the visiting Engineers to a 5-2 non-conference victory over Johnson and Wales University at Pierce Stadium. The result pushed MIT's overall record to 6-4-1 and meant that the squad equaled its 2006 win-total with still four games to play in the regular season.

The Wildcats fell to 6-4-3 with the loss, which was just their second in their last nine matches.

Junior Andrew Bishara pitched in with a goal and an assist, while senior Chase Lochmiller and rookie Christian Therkelsen rounded out the scoring for the Cardinal and Gray, which was also aided by an own goal.

Zimmerman's long throw-ins wreaked havoc on the Wildcats' defense all night, and they ultimately led to every one of Tech's first three goals. A 19th minute heave from the Dallas, Texas, native found the head of Bishara in the penalty area, and the tri-captain directed his shot past Johnson and Wales goalkeeper Michael Gentile to tally his fifth goal of the season. Just over one minute later, Therkelsen was the recipient of another Zimmerman throw, and the Norwegian freshman collected the ball at the six-yard box and fired his team-leading seventh goal of the season into the back of the net. The Engineers rounded out a frenzied four-minute span when yet another long throw-in from Zimmerman was tipped into the net by Gentile, giving credit for the goal to the MIT midfielder and extending the lead to 3-0.

A 30th minute own goal pushed Tech's advantage to 4-0 before the Wildcats put forth a second-half comeback attempt. A Jeremiah Schenzel header, off a cross from Scott Kirchner, got the home side on the board in the 56th minute, before Michael Gliniecki made the score 4-2 when he converted a 76th minute penalty kick.

However, that would be as close as Johnson and Wales would get to the Engineers, as Lochmiller sealed the result with an 80th minute strike after he had been played through on goal by Bishara.

Junior goalkeeper Tom Caldwell made four saves in earning his sixth victory of the season for MIT, while Gentile and Chris Limerick split time between the pipes for the Wildcats. Gentile stopped two shots and conceded two goals in 26 minutes of action, while Limerick played the final 64 minutes and recorded three saves and three goals-against.

Tech will continue its four-game road swing when it travels to Babson Park, Mass., to take on New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference foe Babson College at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13. Johnson and Wales will host St. Joseph's (Me.) College at 1:00 p.m., also on Saturday.