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MIT Women’s Soccer Wins, Loses, Draws

By Melissa Hart

TEAM COACH

The women’s soccer team stands at 7-4-1 after an exciting week of play in which they won a game, dropped a game, and tied conference rival Wellesley College in a double overtime match.

On Tuesday, MIT faced the U.S. Coast Guard squad, losing 2-1 after a physical 90 minutes of play.

MIT opened the scoring when they were awarded a penalty kick in the first 15 minutes of play after freshman Meghan O’Kane was taken down from behind in the penalty box. Monica F. Morrison ’04 put the penalty kick away in the lower right corner of the goal to give the Engineers a 1-0 lead. The remainder of the half was scoreless.

The most costly play of the first half, however, left MIT’s leading scorer Shirley Chan ’04 unable to return to the game. She sustained a serious knee injury on another rough play early in the game.

In the second half, MIT faced an energized and determined Coast Guard team. The Bears pushed harder and harder, creating difficulties for MIT, who could not seem to settle the game down. About fifteen minutes into the second half, Coast Guard’s hustle paid off when an MIT miscommunication in the backfield created a dangerous opportunity. The Bears took advantage, evening the score at 1-1.

Coast Guard continued to pick up momentum throughout the remainder of the game. With twenty minutes to go, the Bears capitalized on another MIT mistake to put in the winning goal.

Though MIT never gave up, they had trouble matching the solidarity, physical play, and persistence of the Bears.

Wellesley game ends in a draw

On Saturday, the Engineers faced regionally-ranked Wellesley College on a wet and windy day. Both sides took 13 shots in the 110-minute contest, but outstanding play by both keepers ended the match in a 0-0 draw. Senior keeper Connie Yang made nine saves for MIT in the shut-out draw, including one outstanding tip save with literally half of a second left in the second overtime.

Last week, MIT defeated Babson 2-0 in a conference game. The first goal was scored by senior Kelli A. Griffin off of a throw-in by Morrison and a header from Chan. The second goal was Chan’s as she finished a pass from Diana K. Sterk ’06. Defender Ai-ris Yonekura ’05 made a fabulous run to create the opportunity.

MIT will face Smith College on Sunday. The Engineers will return home to host Mount Holyoke next Saturday, Oct. 26.