Score: Emerson 1, MIT 0
Records: Emerson Lions (5-10-2, 1-6 NEWMAC) ; MIT Engineers (6-7-4, 2-4-1 NEWMAC)
Location: Boston, Mass. (Rotch Field)
Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017
The Lead: The seniors came up big in the Emerson men's soccer team's final game of 2017 with senior Franco Araujo O'Neill (San Pedro Sula, Honduras) and Niko Emack-Bazelais (Cambridge, Mass.) teaming up to tally the game winner in the Lions 1-0 triumph over the visiting MIT Engineers to lock up its first NEWMAC win of the season on Saturday afternoon. The 1-0 win over MIT also counted as the first win over the Engineers in program history.
Prior to today's contest, head coach Bryan Harkin and assistant coaches Daniel Toulson and Colin Connolly honored its five seniors including Lucas Fischer (Atlanta, Ga.), Warren Backman (Spring Hill, Fl.), Marco Correia (Tarrafel, Cape Verde), Emack-Bazelais and O'Neill for their hard work and dedication to the men's soccer program throughout their collegiate careers.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- MIT outshot Emerson, 12-7, and also held the advantage in corner kicks at 7-2.
- The visiting Engineers had 14 infractions called their way, while the Lions committed seven infractions.
- Araujo's first career goal counted as the game's only goal with Emack-Bazelais credited for the assists.
- Fischer was lights out in the net for Emerson and stopped all six shots through 90 minutes in his final career game as a Lion.
- For MIT, Darian Bhathena tallied three shots, including three shots on goal with both Joshua Wilson and Isaac Perper each taking two shots.
- In net for the Engineers was Jeremy Cowham, who allowed one goal and made three saves
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Emerson and MIT battled it out through the first 45 minutes, but neither team was able to find the back of the net with the score at 0-0 going into the half and the Engineers outshooting the Lions, 8-3.
- After 61 minutes of scoreless soccer, Emerson capitalized on an MIT foul and put the game's first and only goal in the back of the net thanks to Araujo's first career goal, assisted by Emack-Bazelais.
- Coming off a free kick opportunity, a scrum formed in front of the net with the ball initially finding Emack-Bazelais and he passed the ball off to Araujo, who booted the ball past the left side of Cowham.
- Emerson's 2017 regular season campaign has come to a close.
- MIT enters the 2017 NEWMAC Men's Soccer Tournament as the No. 5 seed and will meet No. 4 Clark in Worcester, Mass. on Wednesday, November 1 in the quarterfinal round at a time to be determined.
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