Worcester, MA --- Max Stein-Golenbock (Boston, MA) and Nick Diamantoni (Belle Mead, NJ) scored just 1:08 apart midway through the first to propel fifth-seeded MIT to a 2-1 victory over the host and fourth-seeded WPI in a NEWMAC Men's Soccer Tournament quarterfinal contest on Thursday evening.
MIT (9-7) advance to the semifinals to face top-seed and host Babson on Saturday, November 5th at 10:30am. WPI ends its season with a 9-8 record.
The first half was highly competitive as both teams maneuvered for scoring opportunities, responding to the other with stout defense. MIT finally got on the board in the 24th minute, a solo blast by Stein-Golenbock that found the back of the net.
Just 68 seconds later, Diamantoni deflected a shot off a WPI defender to put his team up 2-0, following a pass on a direct kick by Chris Hammond (Wilmington, DE). That score would stand at halftime, with WPI's season hanging in the balance.
In the second half, both teams continued to compete fiercely. WPI's Kyle Powers (Hamilton, NJ) nearly headed in a shot from just in front of the goal in the 58th minute, only to see MIT's Hammond to come up with a tremendous team save to preserve the two goal advantage.
With 8:05 remaining on the clock, Powers would get another chance, scoring on a header off a corner kick by Eric Crevoiserat (Glastonbury, CT) and pulling the hosts to within one, down 2-1. The Crimson and Gray would engage in a furious rally in an attempt to tie the game in the closing minutes, but were unable to convert.
MIT netminder Dylan Rankin (Providence, RI) tallied three saves while WPI goalkeeper Jeff Wong (Millington, NJ) finished with two stops. Cambridge's Engineers ended the match with a slight 10-9 edge in shots and took five of the game's seven corner kicks.