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Women...s Soccer Shoots For Postseason Birth

By Ryan Lanphere

In her second year at MIT, Varsity Women’s Soccer Coach Krista M. Fulton has the Engineers primed and ready for the 2006 campaign.

“[We] started out strong in preseason, a strong two weeks in preseason camp and we’re very excited to start out the season,” Fulton said. Since the team won its season opener last Saturday, it appears that the hard work just might pay off.

Last year was a difficult year for the soccer team; they compiled a 4-13 record overall and were 2-7 in conference, only good for ninth place. This finish left something for the Engineers to prove in 2006.

The Engineers return every major piece from the 2005 team and most importantly, last year’s leading scorer striker Amy S. Ludlum ’08. Scoring eight of MIT’s 10 goals in 2005, Ludlum found the back of the net enough times to earn a nod as a Second Team All-Conference selection, the Engineers’ lone representative.

Also returning is senior center midfielder Ashleigh V. Leonard ’07 who dished out the lone assist in Saturday’s 1-0 victory against Brandeis University. Ludlum and Leonard will be joined by incumbent starting defender Karen M. Davie ’08, defender/midfielder Chi-Fong Wang ’07, defender Jodie Z. Wu ’09, and captains defender/midfielder Mary P. Harding ’07 and goalkeeper Katherine A. Vater ’07.

The Engineers should also see big contributions from the incoming freshman class who, by Coach Fulton’s account, “has integrated itself very well into the team and we are expecting great things from them as well.” This group includes striker Jean E. “Liz” Theurer ’10, center midfielder Kathryn A. Pesce ’10, and midfielder Julia N. Roberts ’10.

This year the Engineers are “physically and mentally more prepared to play than we were last season,” says Coach Fulton. Because of their improved preparation, the Engineers have also elevated their goals for the 2006 season, which include a winning record, a NEWMAC tournament bid, and making the semi-finals of the season-culminating conference tournament that starts on October 28.

Before the Engineers can realize their goal of a NEWMAC Tournament bid, they will face several tests during the season. The most challenging of these tests will be home games in Steinbrenner Stadium versus Wheaton College on Sept. 30 and Springfield College on Oct. 10.