WORCESTER, Mass. – With 6:53 remaining in regulation, sophomore Rachel Dias Carlson (Albany, N.Y.) headed a corner kick by fellow classmate Samantha Fleischmann (Eastchester, N.Y.) past WPI's outstretched goalie to give MIT a 1-0 victory in a NEWMAC women's soccer game on Tuesday night. MIT, ranked eighth in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America New England poll, extended its unbeaten streak to eight and raised its record to 7-1-2 overall and 2-0-2 in conference play.
MIT nearly ended the deadlock in the 73rd minute on a strike by freshman Ashley Peter (Manhasset, N.Y.) but WPI goalie Maddie Willer made the point-blank save. Freshman Jessica Ong (Oklahoma City, Okla.) quickly struck the rebound, however Kelly Ames cleared the ball off the line. The visitors almost tacked on an insurance goal with just over two minutes remaining but junior Leslie Meyer's (Brownsburg, Ind.) header sailed wide.
WPI's best scoring opportunity developed in the 55th minute courtesy of a corner kick but junior goalie Meghan Wright (Devon, Pa.) punched the ball away. During the 85th and 86th minutes, Wright turned away two shots by Lindsay Grasis to keep the hosts off the scoreboard.
Wright finished the night with six saves and posted her sixth shutout in the last seven games. Willer collected eight stops for WPI.
MIT continues conference play on the road as it will travel to nationally-ranked No. 18 Wheaton College on Saturday, Oct. 8.