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MIT Soccer Gains Momentum

By Travis Johnson

STAFF WRITER

After a sluggish first half, the MIT women’s soccer team scored a late goal to tie Saturday’s match against Babson.

Amy S. Ludlum ’08 scored unassisted with five minutes remaining following a spectacular move along the goal line, beating two defenders and the goal keeper for the game tying goal.

The Engineers (3-2-3) have now gone undefeated in their last five games, including two wins and three ties.

“Overall, yes, I’m happy with the tie,” said Coach Kristin M. Straub afterwards. “We had a position player in goal after losing our first team goalie in the Fitchburg game.”

MIT had Kathryn E. Gandolfo ’08 in goal because of a concussion suffered by Katherine A Vater ’07, who leads the NEWMAC in saves per game and set a single game MIT record with 16 saves against Brandeis.

MIT seized the momentum of the game when they stopped two strong Babson attacks with fifteen minutes to go. From then on, MIT seemed to have more energy and desire than Babson. Before Ludlum finally put the ball in the net, MIT had several scoring chances and kept ball in the Babson zone for minutes at a time.

The Engineers similarly controlled the two overtime periods but were unable to put the ball in the goal, leaving the game in a tie. If they had played until a goal was scored, it was clear MIT would have won.

Babson came into the week ranked 14th in New England and was coming off a blowout win over Emmanuel 6-0. But with the help of some great saves by Gandolfo, MIT stemmed Babson’s flow and escaped the first half without a score.

Up next for MIT is a home match at against Emerson tonight at 5 p.m. in Steinbrenner Stadium.