Courtesy of Smith College Sports Information
ENFIELD, Conn. - Smith fell to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opponent MIT on Saturday evening on the turf at Enrio Fermi High School. The loss drops the Pioneers to 3-9 overall, 0-5 in NEWMAC. The Engineers improved to 11-4 overall, 2-3 in NEWMAC.
Both teams started the game with high energy, battling back and forth down the length of the field. The offenses displayed their speed, with each team having several breakaways, but the defenses and goalkeepers held strong. MIT held a slight 6-5 advantage in penalty corners through the first half, and outshot the Pioneers 10-4. The Engineers finally broke the scoreless tie late in the first half, as sophomore Anna Teruya's drive from the top of the circle found the back of the cage.
Holding a 1-0 advantage at halftime, MIT came out strong in the second half, scoring two quick goals. Sophomore Katie Kauffman redirected a pass from first year Kimberly Barker at 40:01. Junior Jessica Oleinik scored off a pass from Kauffman at 43:01. The Pioneers remained tough, bringing the ball back to MIT's defensive end and earning 5 more penalty corners in the half. The Pioneers got on the board at 48:30, as first year Nomindari Goulden made a beautiful reverse stick sweep into the corner of the goal. Senior goalkeeper Margaret Winter was kept busy in goal, saving 16 of MIT's 23 shots. MIT goalkeeper Keri Dixon made 4 saves on 9 Smith shots.
The Pioneers return to the field on Tuesday October 20, as they travel to WPI for a 7 pm game. The Engineers next play at Wheaton on Tuesday October 20 at 3:30 pm.