Oct. 13, 2007
Courtesy Babson College Sports Information
BABSON PARK, Mass. - Senior forward Chase Lochmiller scored the game-winning goal with just 51 seconds remaining in the first overtime period to lead visiting MIT to a 1-0 triumph over Babson College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's soccer contest at Hartwell-Rogers Field on Saturday afternoon. It was the first league win of the year for the Engineers, who improved to 7-4-1 overall and 1-2-1 in the NEWMAC, while the Beavers, ranked fourth in New England by the NSCAA, dropped to 10-3-1 overall and 3-1-0 in the conference.
The victory served as a measure of revenge for the Cardinal and Gray, which dropped a pair of decisions to Babson last season - each by a similar 5-0 score-line - including a NEWMAC quarterfinal.
Both teams had strong scoring chances late in regulation, but neither could capitalize. Babson junior Tim Winn momentarily got behind the MIT defense with 19 minutes left in the session, but his quick turnaround shot just missed the upper right corner. Tech rookie Jason Zhu then broke free down the left side with just over two minutes remaining, but his curving shot sailed wide of the right post.
The Beavers had two great opportunities in the overtime period, with the first coming when freshman Harrison Heller's rocket from the left side of the box hit the crossbar and bounced out in the 92nd minute. Winn then hit a leaping shot from the middle of the box on a Harrison cross at the 94-minute mark, but his attempt sailed over the net.
Babson nearly netted the game-winner late in the first overtime, but Winn was whistled offside just before ripping a shot off the hands of diving junior goalie Tom Caldwell and in with just over a minute and a half on the clock. MIT would take advantage moments later, as the Engineers tallied the decisive score on their next rush up the field. Lochmiller gained control at midfield and dished off to junior Nitin Perumbeti, who fed the ball right back to him at the top of the Babson box. Lochmiller then cut back across a defender and ripped a shot from 18 yards out that found its way past lunging senior keeper Chris Necklas and into the lower right corner with less than a minute left in the stanza.
Caldwell finished with five saves in net for MIT, including an outstanding diving catch of a redirected shot by Fogarty just over nine minutes into the game. The shutout was the East Berlin, Pa., native's career-high fourth of the season, good for second in the NEWMAC, while it was also his ninth career shutout, equaling the second highest total in program history. Necklas also played well in goal for Babson, finishing with two saves.
The Engineers will return to the field next Saturday, Oct. 20, when they will play their fourth straight road game, at NEWMAC foe Springfield College. Kickoff is set for 12:00 p.m. The Beavers will also be on the road for conference action next Saturday, as they will visit first-placed Wheaton College at 1:00 p.m.