CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - In a battle of the Engineers, MIT Women's Soccer won a 4-0 shutout over WPI in its conference opener today at Roberts Field. MIT (5-2) has now won five in a row, while WPI (3-6) has lost two straight.
In the 15th minute, MIT's Edith Reshef opened the scoring when she recovered the ball from WPI's defense and slid it in the net with lofted shot from twenty-five yards.
Later in the half, Reshef drove a breakaway deep into the corner and turned the ball along the endline. WPI keeper Ally Stoyle was caught helpless as Reshef found freshman Merricka Livingstone undefended just five yards in front of the net; Livingstone's put-away was her second of her career.
WPI's best scoring opportunity came near the end of the first half. After drawing a pair of MIT fouls, WPI's offense forced a corner kick with ninety seconds to play. Freshman Linsey Grasis' shot ended up just wide of the post, leaving the score 2-0 at halftime.
MIT's scoring leader Emily Kuo extended the lead in the 68th minute when she gathered a pass from fellow freshman Andrea Park and nailed a perfectly-placed shot in the top corner of the goal. MIT closed out the scoring in the 84th minute when Stephanie Cooke scored her first career goal on a corner kick from defender Connie Park.
MIT hosts the Bears of Bridgewater State in its next game this Thursday, October 1, at 7 p.m. Also on Thursday, WPI travels to Chicopee, Mass. to play its next match against Elms College at 7 p.m.