Engineers Tie Franchise Shutout Streak with Rout of Lesley

Cambridge, Mass. – For the second year in a row, the MIT women's soccer team has tied a franchise record by posting its fourth consecutive shutout, an 8-0 romp over the Lesley University Lynx at Roberts Field. Meghan Wright stopped seven shots and has now kept opponents off of the board for over 360 minutes.

Alisha Lussiez, Emily Kuo and Lauren Hernley each scored a brace of goals and added assists for the host Engineers, who scored three goals within four minutes in the first half.

Freshman Rachel Dias Carlson got the scoring started in the 15th minute by knocking home a rattling ball in front of the net. Five minutes later, Kuo took a pass from midfielder Merricka Livingstone and slammed it into a wide open near side of the goal. Less than three minutes later she struck again, this time being played in by Casandra Ceri.

Alisha Lussiez did not hesitate to get in on the action, netting goals in the 24th and 33rd minutes. Lussiez was played in on her goals by Kuo and Hernley, and extended her lead in the NEWMAC scoring race. Lussiez could have had a hat trick or more on several occasions, but she and the Engineers were caught offsides 14 times.

Hernley finished the first half with an unassisted goal, although the play was set up by a great ball from Allison Park. Park sent Hernley down the right side of the pitch and the midfielder fired right at Corine Dasti.  The Lesley keeper was only able to deflect the ball, and Hernley jumped on the rebound. With seven minutes to go in the game, the reigning NEWMAC player of the game finished the scoring on an assist from Lussiez.

In between Lauren's goals, Alix de Monts bagged her first tally of the season by curling a beautiful ball into the top corner of the net, leaving Lynx goalkeeper Corine Dasti helpless. Dasti made only three saves on the 11 shots that MIT fired on goal.

MIT put 13 shots on goal in the first half to only two from the visitors. Down big in the second half, Lesley fought hard and to their credit, outshot MIT in trying to find a single goal to take from the game. Wright was calm down the stretch, though, and the hosts were able to secure the historic clean sheet.

This is the fourth time in history that an MIT squad has recorded four consecutive shutouts. In addition to last year's team, the feat was also accomplished in 2002 and 2004. The 2010 Engineers, now 6-1, will try to be the first to post five shutouts in a row on Saturday afternoon, when they will host a conference matchup against Springfield College. The Lesley Lynx fall to 4-3-1 on the season and will attempt to rebound Saturday when they host Daniel Webster College to start their conference schedule.