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Women's Soccer Defeats WPI

Jiri Schindler--The Tech
MIT forward Tera Hoefle '98 breaks through two Worchester Polytechnic Institute players in Saturday's game against WPI at Steinbrenner Stadium. MIT won 3-0.

By Erik S. Balsley
Associate Sports Editor

The women's soccer team shut out Worcester Polytechnic Institute 3-0 in their Family Weekend game on Saturday.

Despite cold weather and breezy conditions the team played a very strong game against WPI, which has been a traditionally strong opponent.

MIT got off to an early start in their shutout performance. With only 4:28 into the half, MIT had the WPI goal covered, and team co-captain Thuy Le '97 scored an unassisted goal to bring the score to 10.

MIT's strong defense prevented WPI from staying on MIT's side of the field for very long. A close call came about 10 minutes into the game when a WPI player had a close shot on goal. Goalkeeper Amy MacKay '97 saved the ball to keep WPI scoreless.

The aggressive MIT offense drove the ball back onto WPI's side of the field and 18:05 into the half. Hilary Carter '00 passed the ball to Dawn Butler '99 who shot it past the WPI goalie to bring the score to 20.

MIT's final goal of the game was scored 25:21 into the half by Butler, with an assist by Sabrina Birnbaum '98, to bring the score to 30. The Engineers prevented WPI from getting any more clear shots on goal.

In the second half, the Engineers now found themselves playing into a setting sun. However, they continued to play well and prevented WPI from scoring at all throughout the game.

The early lead allowed Head Coach Patrick Lewis to let every player on the team play during the game against a competitive opponent.

"It was the best team effort we've had," said MacKay, a team co-captain.

The team's strong defense was led by Birnbaum, Mary Hamilton '97, and Anna Cherubin '99. MIT limited WPI to three shots on goal during the game. The offense, led by Le, Agneta Cederstrom '99, Tera Hoefle '98, and Anya Hawrylchak '98, drove through WPIfor 14 goal attempts, of which three were saved by the WPI goalie.

The team's next home game is on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 4 p.m. in Steinbrenner Stadium.