Engineers Battle to 1-1 Tie with NEWMAC Foe Springfield

Oct. 20, 2007

Box Score

Courtesy Springfield College Sports Information

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Junior midfielder Neil Zimmerman scored his third goal of the season and goalkeeper Tom Caldwell made six saves to help MIT earn a 1-1 tie with host Springfield College on Saturday afternoon in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference action at the Irv Schmid Sports Complex.

With the tie, the Pride now stands at 7-7-2 overall and 3-2-1 in league play, while MIT is 7-4-2 and 1-2-2.

The Engineers jumped on the board first when Zimmerman finished a feed from rookie Jason Zhu just under 14 minutes into the contest, with the helper marking the first-ever intercollegiate point for Zhu. However, the Pride would knot the game at one goal apiece when senior Chad Bonnell found the back of the net at the 40-minute mark.

Neither team could muster a goal in the second half and the same was true for both overtime sessions, as the game ended in a 1-1 draw. The Pride held a 5-0 shot advantage in the overtime periods but was unable to convert on its chances.

Springfield's senior goalkeeper B.J. Sturdivant finished with four saves in goal, while Caldwell made six stops for the Cardinal and Gray.

The Engineers will now return home for the final two games of the regular season, as this match represented the last road contest on the schedule. First up for Tech will be UMass-Boston on Tuesday, Oct. 23 in a match that will begin at 3:30 p.m. The Pride returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 24, in its regular-season finale when it hosts Western Connecticut State University. Kick-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.