Men's Soccer Blanked 1-0 in NEWMAC Road Contest at MIT

Matthew Wzorek

Cambridge, MA --- The WPI Men's Soccer team ran into a hot MIT squad on a warm Saturday afternoon and dropped a 1-0 decision despite four saves from goalkeeper Paul Moan (Watertown, MA).  The win is the seventh straight for MIT (8-2, 2-0 NEWMAC) while WPI slips to 3-5 overall and 0-2 in conference play.

Christian Therkelsen gave the Engineers the lead only eight minutes before halftime when he was played through on goal by Jonathan Tebes. The senior captain from Nesbru, Norway slotted the ball past Moan for his fourth goal of the season. Tebes grabbed his first helper of the year, to go with two goals already on the season. Therkelsen also has seven assists on the season and is tied with Zachary Kabelac for the team leads in points with 15. 

Kabelac had a chance to open the scoring in the 22nd minute when his header from a Therkelsen corner bounced off of the crossbar. MIT took nine corners in the contest while the visitors never earned a free kick from the corner flag.  

In the second half, the hosts fell into a defensive shell and were very efficient in protecting their one goal lead. MIT's best chance of the second half came when substitute Chase Anderson was played into space and found himself one on one against the goalkeeper. Anderson looked to be free on goal but good backtracking from the WPI defense forced a blocked shot that slid to the right of Moan. Dylan Ranken also made four saves for MIT, none bigger than his stop on Matthew Wzorek (Southwick, MA) in the dying minutes. 

Wzorek, a senior defender found the ball on his foot with just over two minutes left in the game. From about 25 yards out, unleashed a slicing kick through traffic and right on goal. Rankin made a sprawling save by diving to his left to keep the hosts on top and secure the victory. 

The Engineers of MIT outshot their guests by an 18-5 margin and were definitely the more aggressive team. At times the aggressiveness came with a price as both Matthew Monheit and Chase Anderson received yellow card warnings for reckless tackles.  

WPI will play this Wednesday at 4pm at Elms in a non-conference game.  MIT will now play three straight road games, starting October 6th at Johnson and Wales before finally returning home on October 23rd to host Clark.

Release courtesy MIT Sports Information