Reiniger and Hima Connect as Men's Soccer Draws with Undefeated MIT

Luke Reiniger

Cambridge, MA --- WPI's Luke Reiniger (Rowley, MA) and MIT's Richter Brzeski (Los Angeles, CA) traded goals as the two teams played to a 1-1 double overtime draw in an important NEWMAC men's soccer contest played late Saturday afternoon at MIT. 

WPI, which came into today's match ranked fifth in the latest United Soccer Coaches Division III New England poll is now 4-2-3 overall this season and 0-0-2 in conference play while MIT remains undefeated with a 4-0-4 mark this season and 1-0-1 record in NEWMAC tilts. Dating back to last season, the hosts extended their unbeaten streak to 12 matches, which is two shy of tying the program record and they are one of six teams in New England without a loss in 2019. 

Ironically, the all-time series remained even after the draw today as the record stands at 36-36-6 dating back to 1923. This is the second consecutive season in which the head-to-head regular season matchup has ended in a 1-1 double overtime decision. 

WPI scored the game's first goal as Reiniger finished a through ball from Brandon Hima (Watertown, CT) into the back left corner of the net for the 1-0 lead early in the 20th minute.  It look like that goal would hold up but  Brzeski notched his third goal of the season with 4:39 to play in regulation. Goalkeeper Jeremy Cowham (Quincy, MA) set up the play with a long free kick, which went off the head of Will Seiple (Boulder, CO) inside the box and landed at the feet of Brzeski. Brzeski immediately lined up for a shot and fired the ball into the right corner of the net, knotting the game up at 1-1. 

Cowham (4-0-4) made a season-high seven saves for MIT, while Rufus Adams (Duxbury, MA) stopped the ball six times for WPI.  Over the course of 110 minutes of action in Cambridge, WPI held a slim 16-14 margin in shots and earned 11 corner kicks compared to just one for MIT.  Worcester's Enigneers outshot MIT 5-3 in the two overtime periods and attempted all four of the corners in extra time. 

Both teams have non-conference games Tuesday.  WPI hosts Wentworth at 3:30pm while MIT ventures to Brandeis at 7pm.

Release Courtesy MIT Sports Information