Wheaton strikes first but MIT draws even during double-overtime tie

Wheaton strikes first but MIT draws even during double-overtime tie

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- The Wheaton College men's soccer team scored in the opening half at New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on Saturday, but the Engineers knotted the game in the 83rd minute and the two squads settled for a double-overtime tie at Roberts Field.

Wheaton moves to 6-3-1 overall and 1-1-1 in the NEWMAC following the draw, while MIT extends its unbeaten streak to three games in going to 6-2-1 and 0-1-1.

Following an even first 32 minutes that saw the hosts hold a slight 4-3 edge in shots, Wheaton broke the stalemate at 31:45 when freshman Kai Gooden (London, England/Berkshire School) scored his second goal of the season.  The Engineers nearly tied it with 23 ticks on the clock in the half, but their shot smacked the crossbar.

MIT fired off 18 shots in the second half, but it took a penalty kick for the hosts to get on the board.  At 82:06, sophomore John Kramer (Glastonbury, Conn./Loomis Chaffee School) had his initial attempt turned aside by freshman goalie Matt Dickey (Newton, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon School), but Kramer managed to score on the rebound.

Each team took two shots in the first extra session, including firing one attempt on goal apiece in the closing two minutes.  The Engineers took six of the eight shots in the second overtime, including four by Kramer, but none made it to either keeper.

Dickey finished with a season-best 12 saves, which was the most stops by a Wheaton goalie in a game since Jon Girolamo '98 saved 12 shots in 1997.  Sophomore Samuel Cannon (Scarsdale, N.Y./Scarsdale) recorded eight saves for MIT.

The Engineers finished with a 36-15 advantage in shots and a 4-3 edge in corner kicks.

The schedule doesn't get any easier for Wheaton on Wednesday, as the Lyons head to Waltham to take on nationally-ranked Brandeis University at 7:00 p.m.  The Judges are ranked 10th in the country and second in New England by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).