CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Amidst Family Weekend festivities, MIT women's soccer played host to New England Women's and Men's Athletics Conference (NEWMAC) foe Smith College Saturday afternoon at Roberts Field. MIT quickly derailed the visiting Pioneers and controlled the match, picking up a decisive 6-0 victory.
MIT's Liz Theurer opened the scoring in the 15th minute with a six-yard shot off an assist from co-captain Lauren Hernley. Theurer's younger sister Eleanor was less than excited with the goal; the younger Theurer started the game for the Pioneers.
In the 28th minute, MIT's Leslie Meyer got on the board off an assist from fellow-freshman Emily Kuo. Meyer's shot was partially blocked by defender Hailey Bird but found the top corner for the first goal of Meyer's intercollegiate career.
The Engineers scored two more goals before halftime: the first by Alisha Lussiez off a pass from Stephanie Cooke in the 34th minute and the second by Hernley from Sarah Vega in the 42nd minute.
Pioneer keeper Lindsay Gregor, who tallied nine saves on the day, was able to slow the bleeding in the second half but not stop the Engineers completely.
In the 66th minute, MIT freshman-defender Andrea Park collected a pass from Kuo and put the ball in the back of the net for her first career goal. Less than three minutes later, Kuo became the sixth Engineer to score off an unassisted shot from fifteen yards.
Engineer goalie Meghan Wright was credited with one official save in her second shut-out of the season.
MIT (8-4-1, 4-1-1 NEWMAC) looks to carry momentum from their third consecutive win into next week, as the Engineers host NEWMAC rival Wheaton College on Tuesday, October 20. Smith (3-9-1, 2-3-1) also plays Tuesday when it hosts Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Both games kick-off at 4 p.m.