Ambika M. Krishnamachar ’15 recorded a season-high two goals, while Olivia M. Struckman ’18 registered a career- and season-best two assists as the No. 20 MIT women’s soccer team defeated Emerson College, 3-0, on Tuesday afternoon at Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play. With the win, MIT established a new longest winning streak of nine games, erasing the original mark of eight set by the 1992 squad. They also set a new mark for most consecutive shutouts with five games, breaking the original record of four straight contests set by four different teams.
Tech, which improved to 13-3-2 overall and 8-0-1 in conference play, got on the board at 14:26 in the first half when Elena A. Gianotas ’15 sent a corner kick into the box, which was retrieved by Julia M. Goupil ’18, who then sent a shot into the right corner of the Emerson cage for her third goal of the season. Struckman helped the Cardinal and Gray double their lead when she located Krishnamachar, who collected a pass over the middle before racing toward the Lions’ box. Krishnmachar dribbled past defenders and fired home her first goal of the match — sixth of the season — at 34:13, which provided the Engineers with a 2-0 lead at the break.
Krishnamachar pushed MIT ahead for good early in the second half after receiving a pass from Struckman and dashing down the far side for her second goal of the afternoon — seventh of the season — at 55:16. Dribbling past defenders on the far side, Krishnamachar maneuvered her way into the box before sailing a shot past Emerson sophomore goalkeeper Melanie Escobar. Emerson, which fell to 5-11-1 and 2-7-0, was held to just one shot in the second half, a header by Mollie Coyne that sailed to the right of the far post at 68:30.
MIT outshot Emerson, 20-5, including 14-1 in the second half. Tech also held an advantage in corners, three to zero. Lauren S. Ullmann ’17, who picked up her 13th win between the pipes — a career and season-best — turned away three shots, while Escobar stopped six shots. Struckman led all players with four shots, while Alyssa Giannone led the Lions with two shots.
Both teams conclude regular season play on Saturday, November 1 at 1 p.m. with MIT hosting the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and Emerson entertaining Clark University.