CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-Sophomore Jasen Kingsley scored the game-tying goal with just 2:34 to play but it wasn't enough as the Coast Guard men's soccer team was eliminated by MIT on Penalty Kicks in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference semi-finals. After playing to a 1-1 draw though regulation and a pair of overtime periods, MIT (13-3-2) outscored Coast Guard (9-7-4) 5-4 on penalty kicks to advance to tomorrow's championship match.
The game was scoreless up until the 86th minute when MIT was finally able to break through with 4:44 to play. Sophomore Austin Freel sent a pass into the box for senior Matthew Monheit who would deliver a shot to the left to give the Engineers the 1-0 advantage late. The goal was the eighth of the season for Monheit.
Facing the end of their season, the Bears would respond late. Junior Robert Chamberlain sent on a free kick and Kingsley would head it home to tie the game at 1-1 in the 88th minute and inject some new life into the team. The goal was the first of the season for Kingsley.
Both overtime periods were scoreless to push the game into a dramatic penalty kick shootout. All five MIT players (Freel, Monheit, freshman Kareem Itani, senior Jonathan Tebes, and senior Andrew Fijan) were able to score, putting their attempts past junior goalkeeper Richie Burns who made a season-high 15 saves in the match.
Head Coach Chris Parsons was ecstatic with his team's effort even if the final result wasn't to the Bears' liking, saying, "PKs are a tough way to go out, but the effort on the day was outstanding! To fall behind by a goal with five minutes left, and have the mental toughness to hang in there and equalize shows the character of our team."
He continued by saying that the effort was indicative of their entire season, adding, "They didn't waiver all season through some tough results. Eight out of 20 games went to OT! Amazing really."
MIT held a 30-17 advantage in shots for the match, including a 10-4 edge in the two overtimes where Burns had to make five saves just to get Coast Guard into a penalty kick situation.
Coast Guard is now 1-2-1 against MIT in NEWMAC Tournament play with the lone victory coming in 2000.