Soccer tops Welledley by 1Women's soccer began its first season as a varsity sport Saturday in the first Seven Sisters Tournament at Mount Holyoke. Women's soccer had existed as a club sport at MIT from 1978 to 1983.
MIT defeated Wellesley, 1-0, in its first game ever. It was a sweet victory both as the team's first game and as a win over one of MIT's chief rivals in women's sports.
Jeri Ikeda '87, assisted by Grace Saccardo '86, scored the winning goal. Goalie Julie Koster G kept Wellesley scoreless.
MIT went on to lose to Smith, 2-0, and Mount Holyoke, 2-0. Smith won the tournament, beating Skidmore in the finals.
Coach Shawn Ladda noted that the team is a young squad with much freshman talent. Five freshmen are starting players, among them twins Alice Biber '89 and Charlotte Biber '89 at left and right fullback. Their sister, Madeleine Biber '86, is a member of the varsity gymnastics team.
The new team also benefits from experienced players. Koster, who graduated from MIT in June with a degree in mechanical engineering, was a member of the women's volleyball team for four years and co-captain for the last two years, when the team made the national quarterfinals. She is no longer eligible for intercollegiate volleyball, but has another year of eligibility in soccer.
MIT will play Colby-Sawyer today at 3:30 pm. The team's first home game will be against Salem State on Thursday.