Men's Soccer Extends Unbeaten Streak on Opening Day With 2-2 Draw Against UMass Boston

Photo by DSPics.com
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THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 2, UMass Boston 2 (2OT)

- Records: MIT (0-0-1); UMass Boston (0-0-1)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium)

- The Lead: With 11 seconds remaining in regulation, MIT sophomore Sebastian Simon (Detroit, Mich.) scored the game-tying goal to send the season-opening contest for the Engineers into overtime, however after 110-minutes of action, MIT and UMass Boston fought to a 2-2 double overtime draw in a non-conference contest on Friday evening in Cambridge. 

HOW IT HAPPENED: 

- MIT scored the first goal of the match in the 26th minute as sophomore Peter Novoa (Omaha, Neb.) headed home his third career goal off a corner kick from first-year Richter Brezeski (Los Angeles, Calif.).

- Just about five minutes later, UMass Boston knotted the match at 1-1 after Yuran Teixeira was awarded a penalty kick. 

- The match remained even at one all until the 76th minute when Nilton de Andrade gave the visiting Beacons a 2-1 edge. de Andrade finished a long pass from Gui Barbosa after he and MIT keeper Jeremy Cowham (Quincy, Mass.) met at the corner of the 18-yard box.

- MIT was awarded a free kick on the left side approximately 30 yards from the net with 11 seconds left in regulation. Junior Carlos Hernandez (Weston, Fla.) lined up for the kick and found Simon inside the box, as he headed the ball off the cross bar and into the net to send the game to overtime.

- MIT out shot UMass Boston 8-4 in the pair of overtime sessions and forced Beacons netminder Omar Castro-Dreher to make a trio of saves, but the match remained tied at two after 110-minutes of action as the contest ended in a draw for both squads.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Novoa and Simon both picked up their first goals of the season and third of both of their careers in tonight's match, while Brzeski earned his first collegiate assist and Hernandez tallied the fourth assists of his career.

- Cowham (0-0-1) made four saves on six shots for the Engineers, while Castro-Dreher stopped the ball six times on eight shots for the Beacons. 

- MIT held advantages in shots (20-12) and corner kicks (5-1) in tonight's match. Additionally, tonight's double overtime draw is just the second tie between MIT and UMass Boston in the all-time series which spans 19 matches and dates back to 1989. The last draw between the clubs came in 2000.

- Tonight's draw also extends MIT's unbeaten streak in its season-opening contests as the Engineers have either won or tied in the first match of the year every season dating back to 2000. During that stretch, the Engineers are 19-0-1.

UP NEXT:

- MIT travels to UMass-Dartmouth for a non-conference match on Wednesday, September 4 at 7:00 pm, while UMass-Boston hosts Wentworth Institute of Technology on Labor Day beginning at 2:00 pm.

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