September 7, 2010

Women’s Soccer Suffers First Defeat at Worcester State

Worcester, MA --- Freshman Gaby Gonet sent in the game-winning goal in the 49th minute to help lift Worcester State University to a 2-1 triumph over MIT this evening in non-conference women's soccer action at Coughlin Field. The Lancers improve to 1-1-1 with the victory while the Engineers fall to 2-1 with the loss.

At the intermission Worcester State held a slim 5-4 advantage in shots and had recently broke through the Engineer defense. Sophomore Brianne Beckman found Sarah Rafferty, who charged ahead and sent in her first goal of the season in the 41st minute. 

 MIT's best chance of the stanza came with the game scoreless in the 39th minute when junior Alisha Lussiez tried to take advantage of a ball that got by a defender, but her attempt sailed just to the left of the post.

The Lancers remained aggressive to start off the second period and were rewarded for it. Gonet launched a 35-yard shot that went right over the keepers head into the net for a 2-0 Lancers lead and her second tally of the season.

The Engineers would get back into the game 12 minutes later as they took advantage of a free kick. Following a nice boot near the visiting bench, freshman Andrea Park headed a pass to sophomore Leslie Meyer who used her own skull for her first goal of the year.

MIT remained on the offensive for a majority of the second period as they held a 4-2 shooting advantage the rest of the way. The Engineers had a great chance to knot the score in the 73rd minute on a shot by Lussiez, but freshman Makayla Moran kicked it away at the last second for the team save.

Senior Rachael Armenti turned aside four shots in the victory while her counterpart, Engineer sophomore Meghan Wright, collected four saves.

MIT had a 12-10 shooting advantage and also enjoyed a 6-2 lead in corners.

Both teams will play non-conference opponents on Saturday. Worcester State will start the first of a three-game road swing with Clark at 1 PM while the Engineers will entertain Southern Maine at 4 PM.