CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT women's soccer squared off against the Lyons from Wheaton College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) match today on Roberts Field. After a scoreless first half, Wheaton slipped through the MIT defense in the second half to come up with the 2-0 shutout. The match broke up a three-way tie near the top of the NEWMAC standings, and as the season winds down, both teams have their eyes on the conference tournament.
Neither offense fell into a rhythm in the first half, with the teams managing only a combined ten shots in the first 45 minutes. MIT keeper Meghan Wright had seven saves in the game; at the other end of the field, Wheaton's Lindsay Leddy picked up three.
The second half was full of a number of great defensive plays, and the match seemed destined for overtime. With fourteen minutes to play, the silence was finally broken when Wheaton's Emily Hough slid through the Engineers' back line and nailed the ball from fifteen yards into the net to put the Lyons up 1-0.
Unwilling to go easily, MIT increased the pressure for the remainder of the game, with its defense playing well forward of midfield. The Lyons proved they were capable of withstanding the charge and turned the aggressive play against the Engineers. With just over two minutes to play, Wheaton's Rosie Levy fed the ball to an undefended Cassey Muse. Hounded by defenders, Muse drove the ball from midfield to the penalty box and pulled the trigger from ten yards for the 2-0 lead.
MIT (8-5-1, 4-2-1 NEWMAC) hopes to rebound this Saturday, October 24, when the team travels to South Hadley to face Mount Holyoke College at 1 p.m. The Lyons (14-2-1, 5-1-1) also play Saturday when they host Smith College at 2 p.m.