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Salem State Defeats MIT Soccer

By Melissa Hart

TEAM COACH

The MIT women’s soccer team secured their fourth shut-out of the season, but also dropped their first game in a tough two weeks of non-conference play.

MIT was handed their first loss of the season in a dramatic, double-overtime contest at Salem State on Thursday, September 19. The two teams battled back and forth under both the lights and a scoreboard which read 0-0 until the 104th minute of play. It was then that Salem State capitalized on a secondary mis-clear by MIT for the game-ending goal.

MIT’s style of settled play handicapped them against a speedy and aggressive Salem State team, whose main method of attack was to “kick and chase.” The Engineers, normally solid, were worn by the end of regulation as a result of very physical play.

Going into the match, Salem State was ranked 8th in New England Division III polls, just above MIT. The loss, which put MIT at 3-1, was an unfortunate one for the Engineers, who saw an opportunity to move up in the rankings slip painfully away.

MIT shuts out Westfield

With the sour taste of the loss to Salem State in their mouths, the MIT squad travelled to Westfield State to take on another solid team, this time on artificial turf.

The first half saw MIT struggle with the pace of the game on the astroturf surface. The team was only able to buy time behind the defensive effort of seniors Rebecca E. Clinton ’03 and Sheila E. Saroglou ’03, Airis Yonekura ’05 and Juthica B. Mallela ’06. At halftime, however, MIT regrouped and scripted a game plan for more energy and aggression near the goal-mouth.

Ten minutes into the second half, freshman Diana K. Sterk came off the bench to spark the Engineers and put the plan into action. Sterk’s spectacular charge down the sideline ended with a well-placed cross to Shirley Chan ’04 who cut through the middle of the box and drove the ball past Westfield’s keeper for the first goal of the game.

Inspired by Chan’s goal, MIT dominated the rest of the game. In the 74th minute, junior midfielder Monica F. Morrison emphatically “struck goal” by beating three consecutive Westfield defenders and the goalkeeper, single-handedly.

In the next four minutes, MIT would put the game away and leave Westfield in a daze as Morrison struck again, this time off a corner kick by Clinton. Junior Candace N. Wilson followed suit, collecting a pass from Sarah E. Mendelowitz ’03 and beating the goalkeeper for MIT’s fourth and final goal.

The Westfield win improved MIT to 4-1 on the season.