Worcester, MA --- John Kramer (Glastonbury, MA) an early goal and added a late assist to propel visiting MIT to a hard-earned 2-0 NEWMAC men's soccer victory on Saturday evening.
MIT, ranked 10th in the latest NCSAA New England rankings, improves to 8-2-1 overall and 1-1-1 in conference play while WPI sees its season record fall to 7-4 and is now 1-3 in NEWMAC action.
Kramer got MIT on the board early when he pounced on a WPI miscue in the back and dribble past the WPI goalkeeper, who was forced to come far outside the box, and deposited the ball into the far left corner at 12:42. It was the sophomore's fifth goal of the season.
Both teams had near goals later in the half denied by nifty team saves. Eric Crevoiserat (Glastonbury, CT) nearly got WPI on the board in the 21st minute but saw his bid cleared off the line by Chris Hammond (Wilmington, MA). Crevoiserat then turned the tables 20 minutes later when he made a spectacular diving header to deny Alexander Dago's (Chicago, IL) shot.
The two teams traded quality scoring changes in the second half but it was visiting MIT that found the back of net with just 2:20 remaining in the game when Nick Diamantoni (Belle Mead, NJ) buried home a cross from Kramer for his third goal of the season.
Samuel Cannon (Scarsdale, NY) recorded four saves while posting his second shutout of 2012. WPI netminder Jeff Wong (Millington, NJ) was credited with eight stops for the homestanding Engineers.
MIT had a 16-10 advantage in shots while each team took eight corner kicks.
Both teams are off until next Saturday when they host NEWMAC rivals. WPI welcomes crosstown foe Clark to Alumni Field at 1pm while MIT entertains Springfield at 4pm.