Men’s soccer team earns win in season opener
Wilson’s brace helps MIT record 3-0 victory over NEWMAC rivals Roger Williams
For the second time this week, MIT’s Joshua M. Wilson ’18 located the back of the net twice as the Engineers defeated Emerson College, 3-0, on Saturday, September 20 in their New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener at Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium. Wilson netted his first goal from outside the box following a feed from Chester Chambers ’15 at 26:20 before depositing his second marker off a free kick at 80:55 in the second half.
MIT concluded the match with nine shots and held advantage in corners, five to two. Emerson registered six shots, four in the second half, and goalkeeper Carter Bowers recorded three stops. Samuel G. Cannon ’15, who made his second consecutive start for the Engineers, turned away a season-best five shots.
After Wilson provided the Engineers with a 1-0 lead, Emerson tried to respond with back-to-back shots by Ryan Carino and Evan Eubanks, which were each turned away by Cannon. MIT’s Kareem R. Itani ’17 registered the match’s next shot — a strike at 44:30 in the Lions’ box that provided the Engineers with a 2-0 lead at the break.
Emerson attempted to slice the deficit four times in the second half, but three of their shots were stopped by Cannon, while Jeremy Leder sent a potential tally wide left at 77:55. Wilson sealed the victory when he fired a free kick from five yards outside the box into the lower left corner of the Emerson goal.
Both teams return to action next Wednesday, September 24 as MIT travels to Tufts University, currently sixth in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) New England region for a 4:00 p.m. start, while Emerson travels to Mount Ida College for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff.