September 25, 2010

Springfield College Ends MIT Shutout Streak in OT Win

Cambridge, Mass. – The MIT women's soccer team took Springfield College to overtime on Saturday at Robert's Field but fell to the Pride 2-1 on a laser of a goal in the 96th minute.

The Engineers were looking to make history by breaking the program record for most consecutive shutouts, a mark they tied at four with their victory on Tuesday. This is the fourth time in the history of MIT women's soccer that a team has reached the four shutout plateau and been unable to separate themselves with a fifth consecutive clean sheet.

Springfield midfielder Jackie Moscardelli blasted a shot from thirty yards out over the head of MIT goalie Meghan Wright to end the golden goal overtime period and give the visitors an important NEWMAC win. With it came revenge for last year's conference championship game in which the Engineers prevailed 1-0.

MIT did hold a lead first in this game, as they struck at the half hour mark when junior Alisha Lussiez took a throw-in from senior Claire DeRosa in the attacking end. Lussiez turned with the ball past her defender and slammed the ball into the near side of the net for her team-leading tenth goal of the season. DeRosa picked up the assist for her first point of the season.

Unfortunately, you are always the most vulnerable right after you score and MIT proved this adage by conceding just three minutes later. A long ball played in by the Springfield midfield found its way over the head of Wright. Pride substitute Brittany Collins was on the receiving end of the gift by poking the ball into the back of the net, evening the score at a goal apiece, which is how it stayed through full time.

Erin Greenstein allowed one goal and stopped one shot as the hosts could only manage two shots on goal. Meghan Wright made four saves in goal for the Engineers, but was left helpless as Moscardelli's shot sailed over her head and tucked just under the crossbar.  

MIT now drops to 6-2 overall and sees their NEWMAC ledger level at 1-1, while Springfield College improves to 2-0 in the conference and 5-3 on the season. The Pride will play a non-conference game at Rhode Island College on Tuesday afternoon, while MIT has a non-conference match on Thursday at Bridgewater State.