WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior Emily Kuo (Chicago, Ill.), who scored the only two MIT goals of the game, helped the women's soccer team edge out Clark, 2-1 in its second New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) match up of the season, raising her tally to eight. After winning the last four games in a row, the Engineers' record is now 6-2, while the Cougars dropped to 2-5-1.
MIT quickly got the lead when Kuo scored the first goal of the day off a penalty kick in the seventh minute of play. In the next 12 minutes of play, the Engineers shot at keeper Gabby Paolini five times, only one of which needed to be saved by Paolini. The sixth shot made it past the goalie and flew into the left side of the net after Kuo received an excellent pass from junior Michaelann Rodriguez (Florence, Ala.) and fellow senior Andrea Park (Irvine, Calif.) in the 34th minute. Senior goalkeeper Meghan Wright (Devon, Pa.) saved one shot before the first period ended, leaving the score at 2-0.
In the second half, the Engineers shot at the goal 10 times, five of which were by Kuo, but the score remained at 2-0 until the 79th minute when Hana Chamoun scored the only Clark goal of the game. With two more saves by Wright and one last attempt by Clark to tie up the game in the 89th minute, the clock ran out with MIT winning, 2-1.
The Cardinal and Gray return to action when they host Lesley on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 4:00 p.m. while the Cougars will host Western Connecticut State on the same day.