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Women's soccer falls, 5-1

By Jennifer Moore

After winning three games and tying one in its first four outings this year, the women's soccer team has hit what appears to be a rough spot in its schedule, losing for the second time in three games.

Mt. Holyoke College was Saturday's spoiler, winning,

5-1, over the 3-2-2 Engineers. MHC scored early in the game, then added two more to make the score 3-0 at halftime. Co-captain Vanessa Feliberti '91 scored MIT's only goal early in the second half, bringing the score to 3-1. The Lyons scored twice in the last 20 minutes of the game to finalize the score.

Mt. Holyoke took 16 shots on the MIT goal, 10 of which were saved by goalie Meg O'Neill '93. At times, O'Neill seemed to be the only one defending the goal but Mt. Holyoke was often unable to execute a strong shot. In the second half, Holyoke had an open shot, but opted to pass the ball, only to have it intercepted by an MIT player.

Though neither team's passing was extremely accurate, MHC seemed a bit more aggressive and played the line well. Holyoke's defense was also a bit swifter than that of MIT.

The Lyons' two second-half goals came with 16 and four minutes remaining. No. 4 came on an open-goal shot, while No. 5 occurred when O'Neill came out of the goal box to retrieve the ball, and an MHC player snuck the ball behind her.

Dionne Chapman '94 and co-captain Azza Edris '91 both played an excellent game, but MIT had few offensive opportunities, and was forced to play defense most of the game. Starting sweeper and co-captain Alyssa Parker '91 was out with injuries, severely compromising MIT's defense.

The Engineers, 1-2 in the New England Women's Eight Conference, takes on Wellesley College this afternoon at 3:30 pm at Steinbrenner Stadium.