CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Nazareth College's trio of goals was too much for MIT as the Golden Flyers defeated the Engineers, 3-0, in the women's soccer home-opener on Roberts Field.
Nazareth (1-1) came out fast in the first half, scoring its first goal in the eighth minute. Forward Erica Conte crossed a pass in front of the goal which found freshman Chelsea Kuss, who was able to put it past goalie Meghan Wright for her first career goal.
Less than a minute later, MIT captain Lauren Hernley tried to respond with a well-placed boot from 25-yards out, but Nazareth keeper Hillary Simon was there to make a diving save and deny the Engineers an equalizer goal.
While MIT (0-2) was able to keep control of the ball for most of the game, Nazareth's speed created several breakaway opportunities. Kuss' second scoring opportunity came halfway through the first when she found herself in a one-on-one situation with MIT defender Monique Squiers. Squiers, who managed to neutralize the Nazareth charge, was hurt on the play and would not return to the game.
In the 28th minute, Nazareth's Meghan Finn initialized an attack with a shot straight at Wright in goal. The freshman keeper was unable to control the ball, and it deflected straight to the feet of Rachel Piemonte, who put it away for Nazareth's second goal.
The Golden Flyers extended their lead early in the second half when Meghan Rivera flipped a pass to Conte, who delivered Nazareth's third goal, this time over MIT junior Katy Olesnavage.
The remainder of the game was a defensive battle and, aside from a series of consecutive corner kicks, MIT's offense had little chance to respond. Engineers Emily Kuo and Hernley were able to create shooting opportunities, but Nazareth's wall of defense was too much to overcome.
The Engineers' next match is at home on Wednesday, September 9, against the Lancers from Worcester State College. The Golden Flyers round out their Boston-area road trip with a match against Brandeis University tomorrow afternoon.