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Women's soccer finishes season with 10-6 record

By Sameera Iyengar

The women's soccer team outdid themselves this fall with a record of 10-6, the best in MIT history. Even after a loss to Smith College put a dent in their 6-0 winning streak at the beginning of the season, the players were in no mood to stop winning.

MIT's final regular-season game was against Colby Sawyer on Oct. 22. The Engineers scored 1:10 into the game, with Brindha Muniappan '94 netting a cross from Gwendolyn Watanabe '93. Even though MIT only scored that once, it was clear that they controlled the entire game.

Despite an excellent season, MIT was edged out of the New England Women's 8 Tournament with a 1-0 loss to Babson College in the first round. Theresa Chieuh '94 did an excellent job of stopping Babson star player Julie Tienkin for almost the entire first half, but despite this defense, Tienkin scored 15 minutes into the second half. MIT then suffered an excellent header from Watanabe ricochet off the top bar. Marguerite O'Neill '93 had a particularly good game, with 25 saves.

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Overall, MIT scored 31 goals this season. Celia Fleming '93 was top scorer with nine goals, followed by Annette Lee '92 with five and Rebecca Hill '95 with four.

The team was strong on almost every part of the field this season. Susan Scruggs '93, the stalwart sweeper, rarely let a ball get by her. Special mention must also be made of fullback Erin Graham '92, who came off an injury-filled season last fall to play an impenetrable defense this season. MIT also boasted an incredibly talented midfield with Fleming and Hill working together to initiate a large number of the team's offensive plays. Watanabe showed immense flexibility in playing either stopper or striker, and sometimes even in the midfield. She did full justice to each of these positions.

The team is sorry to see graduating seniors Lee, Graham and rookie Rachel Obstler '92 leave. Nevertheless, the team looks forward to another excellent season next fall, with 17 of its players remaining. Keep an eye out for these athletes next fall -- they are out to dazzle, and to win.

Sameera Iyengar '93 is a member of the women's soccer team.