Underclassmen Lead Men's Soccer to Victory Over Springfield

Oct. 23, 2004

Box Score

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - Sophomore Ryan Sheffler along with freshmen Christopher Desrochers, James Zorich and Matt McKinley each tallied at least one point in MIT's 3-0 victory over NEWMAC foe Springfield College on Saturday. The Engineers improve to 9-2-1 overall and 4-1 in Conference play, while the Pride fall to 6-9-1 on the year and 2-3 in NEWMAC action.

The first half was evenly played regarding ball possession, however MIT held a 7-2 advantage in shots. Springfield had an opportunity to get on the scoreboard in the 15th minute when Tony Distasio sent a pass to Justin Pepoli in front of the goal. Pepoli was able to get a shot off but Tech goalie Morgan Mills smothered the ball. The Engineers ended the scoreless tie with six minutes remaining before halftime when Ryan Sheffler connected on a pass from Christopher Desrochers.

The Pride entered the second stanza ready to apply offensive pressure of its own. Within the first minute Springfield was awarded a corner kick but the resulting header narrowly missed the goal. Later on, a shot off another corner kick got past goalie Morgan Mills but was cleared out of the net at the last second.

MIT extended its lead in the 76th minute when a corner kick by Ryan Sheffler overshot the box and was pursued by Matthew McKinley who connected with James Zorich for the score. Sheffler continued to spark the Engineers' offense during the remainder of the game. In a one-on-one situation with Springfield goalie BJ Sturdivant, he blasted a shot that was deflected by Sturdivant's left hand over the goal. Off the ensuing corner kick, McKinley sent a cross to Sheffler who hit the ball in midair with his right foot into the right side of the goal with 6:49 left to play.

In the net, Morgan Mills earned his second shutout of the week and his third this season. In addition, he collected five saves in the win. David Minkoff and BJ Sturdivant split the game for Springfield. Minkoff had four saves in the first half while Sturdivant made eight stops in the second frame.

The next game for MIT will be on Wednesday, Oct. 27 when it travels to UMass-Boston.