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The women’s club soccer team opened its season at Steinbrenner Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 19 against Harvard. After a goalless first half, which saw both teams missing several scoring opportunities, Harvard took the lead with a goal early in the second half.

Despite coming close on several occasions MIT failed to equalize before the final whistle. Co-captain Marlyse H. Reeves ’17 reflected on the game, saying, “I think we were evenly matched with our opponents. We just got unlucky with our scoring opportunities.”

There are more than 35 students on the club roster this fall, a significant increase from last year demonstrating soccer’s increasing popularity on campus. “I think we played really well considering it was our first time playing together with a lot of new players,” Reeves said. “There are some things we need to work on in practice, but we have a team of really dedicated girls, young and experienced, and I am definitely optimistic about the rest of the season.”

MIT plays a double-header at home this coming Sunday, Sept. 27, facing Boston College at 12:30 p.m. followed by Holy Cross at 5 p.m.