Cambridge, Mass. – Junior Alisha Lussiez scored twice within fifteen minutes and added a third goal after halftime as the MIT Engineers women's soccer team rolled to a 9-0 victory over the University of Southern Maine at Roberts Field.
With MIT already leading 1-0, Lussiez slid to tip home a pass from Lauren Hernley in the eighth minute and then converted a turnover inside of the box less than ten minutes later, slamming the ball high to the keeper's right. Lussiez completed the hat-trick in the 53rd minute, cleaning up an easy rebound at point-blank range.
Lauren Hernley got the scoring started in the sixth minute, finding the back of the net with her head off of a Connie Park corner kick. MIT added a fourth goal before the half when freshman Rachel Dias Carlson converted a loose ball that was ruled to have crossed the goal line before coming back into play.
Emily Kuo scored her first two goals of the season in a second half flurry. The sophomore forward netted in the 52nd and 56th minutes, sandwiching Lussiez's hat-trick tally and putting away any further doubts about the game. Freshman substitute Michaelann Rodriguez finally saw the rewards of her hard work so far this season, grabbing goals in the 69th and 84th minutes to complete the one-sided affair.
The Engineers took advantage of a Southern Maine team that was playing without either of the goalkeepers on its roster. The Huskies used defender Bridget Fitzgerald in net for the first half before switching in midfielder Tara Moore at the break. MIT did not show sympathy for either fill-in keeper, firing 21 shots on goal throughout the afternoon.
The MIT backline had a superb afternoon all over the pitch, highlighted by defenders Connie and Andrea Park. Connie assisted on goals by Hernley and Dias Carlson, while Andrea Park had a hat trick of assists herself. Most importantly, the duo, along with Samantha Fleischmann and Claire DeRosa, shut down the Huskies offensive attack.
Southern Maine managed just three shots on goal, none of them coming before the second half, when they already trailed by 4-0. Stefanie Stockwell, Jen Baril, and Heidi De Haan were the only Southern Maine players to trouble MIT goalie Meghan Wright, who collected her second shutout of the year.
The Engineers improve their record to 3-1 on the season and will travel to UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday before starting their NEWMAC schedule. The Huskies, who fall to 1-3, will travel to U-Maine Farmington on Tuesday.