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Column Unfair to Women’s Soccer

I was extremely aggravated with Ming-tai Huh’s ’99 column in The Tech on the Women’s Soccer Team’s scrimmage against Tufts [“Women’s Soccer Crumbles in Match against Tufts,” August 10]. I thought the column was inaccurate, and in many ways unnecessary. It almost sounded like something right out of a Tufts newspaper. We scrimmage teams in the preseason that can challenge us like Tufts can because one of the best ways for us to become a better team is to play against teams of a higher caliber than we are. Since it’s a scrimmage and not a regular season game, the score doesn’t count for our record, so it’s a good time to try out different formations and positions for different players.

As for the whole “potential” issue, where a coach was quoted as saying, “They have lots of potential...” and then the column was quoted as saying, “Potential? Well I think that MIT could have mustered up a better showing than a 7-0 first half. Someone sure has the early season jitters...” I guess Huh missed our game last Thursday (a dominating 5-1 win), and our game on Sunday (a solid 2-0 shutout). The column made it sound like we were scrimmaging the national team.

The second-to-last paragraph, which mentions a few of the points I brought up earlier, is a very weak attempt to make up for an otherwise very harsh and humiliating column. We also don’t need the opinion of the writer on what we need to do to make us a better team -- that’s what the coaches are paid to do, and none of the students and players here at MIT are that stupid either. Not to mention that many MIT teams do hold up well in national rankings: in the column directly below ours, The Tech mentions how the MIT Women’s Sailing team is ranked eighth, and the co-ed varsity team is ranked ninth. The Pistol and Rifle teams have been in the top ten nationally for a long time; Men’s Hockey made it to the national tournament in Utah last year. Members of the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Track teams have made it to nationals in the past few years, and the Women’s Gymnastics and Women’s Volleyball teams have had high rankings in Division III nationally.

I think this column should have never been published; it’s ludicrous and hurtful to the team and MIT varsity sports as a whole.

Sarah Perlmutter ’02

Women’s Varsity Soccer Team