September 20, 2011

Engineers Top Roger Williams, 2-1

BRISTOL, R.I. – In the first meeting between both programs, the MIT women's soccer team emerged with a 2-1 victory over Roger Williams University on Tuesday night. The Hawks (4-3-1), ranked No. 10 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America New England poll, saw their four game-winning streak end while the No. 9 Engineers (5-1-1) extended their unbeaten stretch extend to five.

The opening frame was a defensive battle as both squads combined for just 10 shots. In the second stanza, the Hawks made the first charge at net early in the period when Noelle Marston sent a cross to Kristen Tetreault but it was just out of her reach. MIT's first scoring attempt came on a long pass from sophomore Samantha Fleischmann (Eastchester, N.Y.) to junior Leslie Meyer (Brownsburg, Ind.) however she was unable to capitalize on the one-on-one opportunity.

The Engineers ended the deadlock in the 66th minute courtesy of sophomore Kaitlyn Nealon's (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) long service to freshman Ambika Krishnamachar (Darien, Conn.) who buried the shot into the net. Roger Williams wasted little time registering the equalizer, taking just 14 seconds off the clock. Alexa Maher sent a pass to Marston who ran down the sideline and then put a cross inside the box to Hannah Noel for the tying goal.

The score remained unchanged until MIT registered the game-winning goal in the 77th minute. A corner kick taken by freshman Elena Gianotas (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) landed into the middle of the box where fellow classmate Kiele Miller Oana (Dallas, Texas) headed it to freshman Michelle Battipaglia (Katonah, N.Y.) who booted in the first marker of her career.

Junior Meghan Wright (Devon, Pa.) collected four saves in the win while Stephanie Jaques and Kelsey McGee combined for seven stops for the Hawks.

MIT continues its road trip on Saturday, Sept. 24 when it visits NEWMAC foe Springfield College.