CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT's men's soccer team drew a 2-2 non-conference tie against Eastern Connecticut State University on Saturday afternoon at Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium. Eastern Connecticut junior Gavin Neuendorf (Fairfield, Conn.) scored the equalizer at 59:24, but that'd be the final marker of the contest before the game concluded after 90 minutes due to inclement weather.
Senior Sean Bingham (Garden City, N.Y.) recorded two goals, while classmate Jake Amereno (Commack, N.Y.) turned away five shots. Tech outshot Eastern Connecticut, 14-8, and held an advantage in corners, six to four. Bingham also led all players with five shots.
Bingham put the Engineers on the board first with a shot in the box following a rush down the field at 10:59 in the opening session. MIT attempted to extend its advantage a few minutes later with attempts by Bingham and freshman Gregory Hui (Alameda, Calif.), but both opportunities sailed above the Warriors' goal.
Eastern Connecticut evened the score at 30:38 when sophomore Konnor Scarponi (Brunswick, Maine) headed in a cross from freshman Xavier Doran (Hebron, Conn.) on the far side, which was set up by a corner kick from sophomore Nicholas Warren (Southbury, Conn.). Tech answered with Bingham at 38:21, who fired home a penalty shot following a foul by the Warriors' back line during a three-on-two rush.
MIT went into halftime leading 2-1, but their lead was erased at 59:24 in the second with Neuendorf's first goal of the season. Freshman Griffin Pugh (Fairfield, Conn.) connected with Neuendorf down the nearside, who pounced on his initial attempt, which was deflected off a diving Amereno in the box.
Tech will return to action tomorrow afternoon when they travel to Wentworth Institute of Technologu for a 5:00 p.m. kickoff.