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Women's Soccer Suffers First Loss To Smith College

By Thomas Kettler

The women's soccer team lost its first game Saturday to Smith College. Smith won by a score of 4-2 on four first-half goals in the match at Steinbrenner Stadium.

The first half had MIT on the defensive as Smith's relentless pressure kept the Engineers on their heels. Eight minutes into the game, Keilah Worth scored the first Smith goal. She made another goal with 15 minutes left in the half. Six minutes after that, Shana Novegrod scored for Smith. Daryl DeValerio closed their scoring with seven minutes left in the half.

In the second half, MIT got on the board but was unable to score enough to get a tie or a win. The team's two goals both came on penalty kicks from Becky Hill '95. The first came with 20 minutes left on a penalty kick due to a handball in the penalty box. The other was made eight minutes later on a defensive foul. However, MIT could not score after that.

Head coach Suzan Rowe said, "Smith is a very good team. We played a very good game in the second half with intensity. Intensity was down in the first half. They got four very good goals we didn't react to."

The soccer team continues league play this Saturday against Babson College, the defending league champion.