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Women's Soccer Team Stings Savannah Bees

By Erik S. Balsley
Staff Reporter

The women's soccer team hosted its first home game on Saturday in an exhibition game against the Savannah College of Art and Design from Savannah, Georgia.

Despite logistical difficulties at the start of the game and what many players saw as bad refereeing, the Engineers were able to win the game 40.

The team arrived at Steinbrenner Stadium expecting the game to begin at noon. Upon arrival, they were told that the game was to begin at 11. The team only had 15 minutes to warm up before the game started, said team co-captain Thuy B. Le '97.

In spite of the lack of warm-up time, the Engineers were able to score their first goal only eight and a half minutes into the first half. The goal was scored by Tera J. Hoefle '98 with an assist by Sabrina A. Birnbaum '98.

The Savannah Bees were just not able to keep up with the passing and aggressiveness of MIT. At times, the Engineers made the team look like a swarm of bees without a queen - or a mission to accomplish.

Le took advantage of a weak Savannah defense to score the second goal of the game with 6:30 left in the first half.

This goal was followed by another by Le with an assist from Dawn E. Butler '99 with only 2:45 left in the first half. The score at the end of the half was 30.

With the start time of the game moved to 11, the second half began 10 minutes after noon, the original scheduled time. As spectators began to arrive, the Engineers continued to outpass and outmaneuver the Savannah team.

However, the Engineers appeared slightly less polished than they did during the first half. The defense continued to be strong and prevented Savannah from making many shots at goal. Good goalkeeping by team co-captain Amy T. Mackay '97 prevented Savannah from turning the few shots they had into goals.

Offensively, the Engineers kept the pressure on Savannah, which resulted in the final goal of the game, scored by Rigel D. Stuhmiller '99 with 3:01 remaining.

Coach Patrick Lewis said that the team played well and that the game was an average one. The team is not in full-gear yet and should be getting better, he said.

Le said she though the team "played well despite the refereeing." Both teams said they had problems with the refereeing of the game. The refereeing also left people in the stands with their heads shaking at times as well.

Despite this and other difficulties, the Engineers were able to pull together and play an exciting game.

The women's team will be playing their next home game against Nichols College today at 4 p.m. in Steinbrenner Stadium.