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W. Soccer Hosts the First Tourney In Program’s History, Finishes 1-1

By Theresa Burianek

The Engineers started the season with a dominating 5-1 defeat of Eastern Nazarene College on September 9. Yi Xie ’02 started the scoring 15 minutes into the game on a penalty kick after Cze-Chao Tam ’02 was taken down from behind in the penalty area. The score was then tied in the 27th minute as the Engineers failed to quickly clear an Eastern Nazarene corner kick.

The Engineers responded quickly with a pair of goals in the next 10 minutes. These two goals came courtesy of forwards Sarah E. Mendelowitz ’03 and Paola Nassar ’01, with assists by Rebecca E. Clinton ’03 and Mendelowitz, respectively. The score remained 3-1 until midway through in the second half, when defender Theresa K. Burianek ’99 attacked forward and scored her own pair of goals. The first was off an assist from Shalini Agarwal ’00, the second off a free kick from Annika K. Sutton ’00. With 5 goals in the first game, the Engineers are hopeful that past seasons’ scoring problems are history.

On September 11 and 12, MIT hosted its first tournament in the history of the women’s soccer program. In the single elimination tournament, MIT had its hopes for championship dashed by a Saturday loss to Savanah College of Art and Design. The Engineers started out slow and conceded two goals to SCAD in the first half. In the second half it appeared as if a new team had taken the field, as MIT dominated SCAD. However, in an ever constant struggle, they were only able to find the back of the net once, as Mendelowitz scored off a feed from Xie with 15 minutes remaining in the game.

The Engineers returned to the field on Sunday determined not to lose again in their tournament. Emerson (who had lost 4-1 to Framingham State on Saturday) had the unfortunate fate of meeting this determined squad. From the beginning, MIT controlled the field of play. At the 30 minute mark, Medelowitz found the back of the net off a corner kick, assisted by Tam.

Tam found the net herself on a breakaway in the 34th minute. Using controlled passing and the width of the field MIT forced Emerson to run chasing the ball. With only three subs, Emerson soon tired from the Engineers’ constant possession of the ball. MIT clearly set the tone for this game, out-shooting the Lions 26 to 4. Sophomore Sarah K. Perlmutter ’02 recorded the shutout in goal.

The tournament concluded with Savanah defeating Framingham State 4 to 2. Named to the Tournament All-Star Team were Nassar and Clinton.

MIT defeats Emmanuel in OT

In their most recent action, MIT came away victorious in an overtime 5-4 game against Emmanuel College. Emmanuel started out the scoring with two goals off of breakways in the first half. MIT managed to counter with one of their own as Tam scored off a cross from Burianek. Down 2-1 coming into the second half the Engineers dominated from then on, with key support from the freshmen team members. Kelli A. Griffin ’03 assisted fellow freshmen Clinton in the 67th minute to tie the score. Griffin then put the Engineers ahead with her own goal two minutes later. Late in the second half, Emmanuel came back with two goals of their own, to lead MIT 4-3.

Griffin came through again for MIT with a goal with only six minutes remaining. With the score tied after 90 minutes of regulation, the teams entered sudden death overtime. Fifteen minutes into overtime, Mendelowitz, with an assist from Griffin, struck the back of the net for the “golden goal” to win the game for MIT.

MIT will host Curry College on Wednesday, September 22 at 4:30 p.m. at Steinbrenner Stadium, making up a game that was postponed last week due to Hurricane Floyd.

The Lady Engineers then open New England Women and Men’s Athletic Conference play at home on Saturday, September 25 against Clark University at 1 p.m.