September 1, 2005

MIT Field Hockey Edges Gordon 4-3 in Season Opener

Sept. 1, 2005

Box Score

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT entered Thursday night's season opener at Jack Barry Field having lost the last three contests with Gordon College. Senior Cheryl Texin made sure to end that losing streak and added a pair of goals, helping MIT hang on to a 4-3 victory over the Fighting Scotts.

Texin set the tone early for the Engineers at 11:42 of the first half when she fired a pass from freshman Janet Pan past Gordon freshman goalkeeper Chyanne Wilson. Twelve minutes later Texin was at it again, beating Wilson to the left on a penalty shot. Refusing to head into the half down by two, Gordon came storming back when freshman Sarah Orlando dug out a rebound and fed senior Ashley Denyse in front of the net for an easy goal.

It wasn't long in the second half before the Fighting Scotts evened the score. Senior captain Megan Benevides slammed home a penalty corner pass from junior Whitney Plaster at 38:42. But that was as close as Gordon would get. A minute later junior Anna Ayuso scored on a pass from Noelle Kanaga, putting the Engineers up for good. The MIT defense was solid, keeping Gordon from penetrating far into the offensive zone. Freshman Katie Boothe was particularly quick to send opposing players away in her first game as an Engineer.

With nine minutes remaining in the game, Gordon appeared to have tied the game but the goal was waived off by the referee. In need of an insurance goal, the Engineers pressed and were able to control play for much of the last ten minutes of the game. At 64:27, senior Lauren Nowierski found her way through the chaos in front of the Gordon net and scored what would prove to be the game winning goal. Benevides answered four minutes later for the Fighting Scotts, slapping a shot through the legs of MIT sophomore goalkeeper Alexa Herman, but it was too little too late. The Engineers contained Gordon in the final minute and a half, and time ran out on the Fighting Scotts.

Herman made four saves on seven shots for MIT in the victory, while Wilson stopped six of ten shots in the losing effort for Gordon. The victory for MIT evened the all-time series against Gordon at 10-10.