MIT Dragon Held on the Lead in a Friendly Soccer Match Against Boston United

By David Li,

Cambridge, Mass. – In the evening of September 15, MIT Dragon soccer team hosted a friendly soccer match against Boston United at Henry Steinbrenner Stadium & Track. Players from both teams enjoyed an evening of playing soccer on a beautiful autumn night, and the match was played at a high level as there were many outstanding players from both teams.

MIT Dragon players (in red shirts) and Boston United players joined for a group photo after the match.

MIT Dragon had a fast start, and scored two goals by forward Hai Wang in the first 25 minutes. Boston United didn’t have a shot on goal until Qing Liu’s shot was saved by MIT Dragon’s goalkeeper Zhiyi Xu at 35 minute mark.

MIT Dragon almost scored another goal when midfielder and team captain Xiaowei He’s header on a corner kick was just wide of the near post. The first half ended with MIT Dragon leading 2:0. In the half time, Yunfei Qiu, captain of Boston United, made a few line-up changes.

Boston United staged a fierce comeback in the second half. Yuanye Hao scored the first goal for Boston United about 15 minutes into the second half, assisted by a nice pass from midfielder Nikolai Jessen-Petersen. Boston United had a few chances after that, but just couldn’t put the ball into the back of the net. The friendly match ended with MIT Dragon defeating Boston United 2:1.

MIT Dragon is one of the most active Chinese soccer teams in the Boston area, and has regular practices at MIT. Boston United is consisted of students from BU, NEU and working professionals, and has played in the Bay State Soccer League(BSSL) and Boston Ski And Sports Club(BSSC) amateur soccer leagues in the past few years. Referee of the game was Mr. Ce Shen.