W. Soccer Loses to Clark In First Conference Game of the SeasonBy Theresa K. Burianek
In recent action, the women’s soccer team has experienced both ups and downs in its level of play. Last Wednesday, in a game postponed due to Hurricane Floyd, the Engineers had an outpouring of offense as they leveled Curry College 6-0. Goalkeepers Sarah K. Perlmutter ’02 and Kathryn M. Knopp ’02 combined for the shutout.
The offensive action started out early for the Engineers as Kelli A. Griffin ’03 scored just five minutes into the game off an assist from fellow freshmen Rebecca A. Clinton ’03. Griffin then assisted Sarah E. Mendelowitz ’03 in the 28th minute. Even though the Engineers led 2-0 at halftime, they did not let up on their opponents. Mendelowitz and Griffin paired up again 13 minutes into the second half to add to the Engineer’s lead. Yi Xie ’02 then assisted Griffin to her second goal midway thru the half.
Perlmutter switched from keeper to forward and quickly netted 2 goals for MIT. Perlmutter’s first goal was unassisted and the second, just a minute later, was assisted by Stephanie M. Shelly ’02.
MIT drops first conference game
Things did not fare so well for the team in their next game. On Saturday, MIT faced Clark University in their first conference game of the season.
It was a game of challenges and lessons for the Lady Engineers. In the first half the Engineers did not come out strong and were overtaken by speed and composure of the Clark team. Twice the Clark strikers were open at the top of the 18 yard line and connected with the back of the net.
Clark increased it’s lead to 3 as a high shot outside shot arced into the top of the net in the 25th minute.
However, in the second half MIT completely changed their attitude. Sparked by an inspirational half time quote from assistant coach Alyssa Sadowski, it appeared as if a new team took the field after the break. There was renewed confidence as every player applied constant pressure and challenged their opponents. The play was consistently down in MIT’s offensive third most of the second half. Off a penalty, defender Hilary B. Carter ’00 sent the ball into Griffin who relayed it to Jennifer M. Fiumara ’02, who was able to score in the 57th minute.
The MIT defense also stepped up its play and improved its communication, keeping Clark scoreless in the second half. However, the much improved play of the second half could not turn around the 3 goal Clark lead. The final score was Clark 3, MIT 1.
Head coach Melissa Hart said she hoped the Engineers will learn from this experience that they have the ability to play at the level of their conference competitors (as shown in the second half) but that they must come out strong for the entire 90 minutes.
On Tuesday, MIT lost another heartbreaker to conference rival Babson College. Xie scored Tech’s only point off a penalty kick late in the second half. Although they played with much more finesse for the entire game, they were overcome by Babson and fell 3-1.
The team continues conference play at home tomorrow against Springfield College at 4 p.m. They will participate in a non-conference match next Monday at Westfield State College.