“It’s like I put it to our players: Oneonta won the first half, and we won the second half, but that doesn’t mean we tied them,” he continued. “It just didn’t work out even for us today.”
The final statistics couldn’t have been much closer. MIT finished with an 11-10 edge in shots and Oneonta held a 4-3 advantage in corner kicks. DeBottis made all three of his saves in the second half, when counterpart Jake Amereno earned his lone save.
Byrne said he was impressed that MIT came back on his team, which went on to tie Montclair State in a second-round NCAA game back at Red Dragon Field on Sunday but failed to advance with a 4-3 shootout loss.
“As they say, there’s a reason they were in the tournament,” he said of MIT, which was seeded fifth for the NEWMAC Tournament before winning the crown to earn an automatic NCAA berth. “They were determined not to go out quietly. That first goal was a scrappy goal, and it really got them going.”