No. 14 MIT Tops Wellesley, 1-0

Defensive penalty corner
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THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 14 MIT 1, Wellesley College 0

- Records: No. 14 MIT (12-2, 5-1 NEWMAC); Wellesley (5-9, 2-5 NEWMAC)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Jack Barry Field)

- The Lead: A goal by sophomore Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.) in the 39th minute was all the offense nationally-ranked No. 14 MIT needed as it defeated Wellesley College, 1-0, in NEWMAC field hockey action on Tuesday night.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- The first half was a back-and-forth affair that saw MIT generate a 5-3 edge in shots while both squads were awarded three penalty corners. The Blue generated four saves, three by Maggie Connelly and a defensive save by Emmy Hamilton. Meanwhile, freshman Grace Moore (Boston, Mass.) came up with two saves for the Engineers.

- MIT's best chance to get on the board came with 13 minutes left in the first half when senior Emily Penn (Columbia, Md.) chased down the ball in the arc. Connelly came off her line to stop the run while Fallon Oeser cleared the ball out.

- After trading shots on goal to start the second half, junior Bailey Tregoning (Frederick, Md.) intercepted a pass inside the midfield line and found sophomore Rayna Higuchi (Solana Beach, Calif.) on the near sideline. Higuchi dribbled the ball to the near edge arc where she connected with Goetz in the middle who sent a blast to the far post after 3:50 elapsed.

- Despite registering six shots on goal and eight penalty corners during the next 15 minutes, MIT could not increase its margin.

- Wellesley had two chances to record the equalizer late in the game. With 9:28 left to play, Carson Dennis chased down a through-ball and had one defender to beat, however, her shot from the near side was kicked away by Moore. Four minutes later, Dennis had another dangerous run straight down the middle of the field but once she got into the arc she was swarmed by the Engineers' back line.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- MIT finished with a 14-5 advantage in shots and an 11-3 margin in penalty corners.

- Moore closed the game with four saves in her sixth shutout of the season while Connelly collected 10 saves.

UP NEXT:

- MIT continues conference play when it hosts NEWMAC foe Clark University on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 1:00 p.m. Wellesley, meanwhile, begins a three-game home stand on Thursday, Oct. 19 when it hosts No. 6 Tufts University at 4:00 p.m.

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