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Women’s Soccer Team Defeats Clark Cougars With Goal in Overtime

By Melissa Hart

TEAM COACH

This past Saturday, the women's varsity soccer team improved to 5-2 with an exciting overtime win against conference opponent Clark University.

The game started off well when rookie Diana K. Sterk ’06, in the first start of her college career, scored off of a goalkeeper rebound from a shot by Shirley Chan ’04 in the opening five minutes of the game.

Though MIT dominated play in the first half, Clark caught the Engineers off-guard in the 14th minute when they converted a long throw, deep in MIT’s end, into a goal, evening the score. MIT scored once again in the 28th minute when team’s leading scorer, Chan, headed in a perfectly-placed corner kick from senior captain Rebecca E. Clinton.

In the second half, the Cougars came out determined to defend their home turf and evened the score early on, off of yet another long throw-in deep in Engineer territory. Play continued and despite numerous opportunities for MIT, both teams were scoreless for the remainder of regulation time.

The game entered the two 10- minute overtime periods and MIT put constant pressure on the Clark goal. Sterk came to the rescue when she collected a cross from Chan, beat a defender, and scored the “Golden Goal” for the MIT victory.

Goalkeeper Connie Yang made six saves for the Engineers.

MIT falls to Bridgewater

Earlier in the week, MIT dropped its second game to a state school when they were beaten by a tenacious Bridgewater State College team. The Bridgewater squad was determined to avenge their loss to the Engineers last season.

Though MIT clearly had possession of the ball a fair amount more than Bridgewater, Bridgewater was hungrier in the goal area and scored in the first 10 minutes of the second half and then again in the last five minutes of the game to gain the 2-0 victory.

This Saturday the team returns home to MIT after six consecutive road games to face conference nemesis Springfield College, at 10 a.m., for the first of five straight home games.