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Babson blanks women booters

By David Rothstein

It has been an up and down year for the women's soccer team, much resembling last year's season. If one remembers that MIT won the 1989 New England Women's Eight Conference championships, this is a good sign. But if one remembers that the Engineers were winless in the NEW8 during the regular season, well, then. . . . the NEW8, a slight improvement. With one conference game remaining, the Engineers are "certainly in a position to" repeat last year's post-season performance, said first-year coach Suzan Rowe in an interview yesterday. "The tournament is a brand-new season."

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MIT, now with a 4-5-2 record overall, dropped another game on Saturday, losing to Babson College, 4-0, on the Jack Barry omniturf field.

"[Playing] on the turf proved to our disadvantage," noted Rowe. "Babson is a very good short-passing team; they're a little quicker."

Four games remain in the regular season. Of those, only one

is a conference match (against Brandeis on Thursday), and only one is at home (against Colby Sawyer College next Tuesday). Each game remaining in the season, said Rowe, is against a progressively better team. "It is really the meat of the schedule."

MIT's progress has been hampered by nagging injuries to several players, including each of the team's tri-captains. The most seriously-injured appears to be senior stopper Alyssa Parker, who suffered what was probably a pulled left quadricep muscle early in the season.

"She's playing with a tremendous amount of pain, which is to her credit," noted Rowe. Parker has played, but has been noticeably slowed by the injury.

Also injured are the team's other two tri-captains, midfielder Vanessa Feliberti '91 and fullback Azza Idris '91.

"One really consistent factor has been Meg [O'Neill '93, the team's goalkeeper]," said Rowe. "She's kept us in a lot of games."

Last fall the Engineers were winless in six NEW8 games and were seeded last in the conference tournament. MIT went on to stage a major upset, winning three consecutive 1-0 decisions

to take the NEW8 championship title.

This year's NEW8 tournament will be held at Brandeis University, and begins Oct. 25.