WORCESTER, Mass. - In its game against New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe WPI, the MIT women's soccer were victorious with a final score of 2-0. The Engineers' record is now 7-2-1, while WPI dipped to 4-6. With this win, coach Martin Desmarais took over as the most victorious coach in program history, with 53 wins since he arrived at MIT in 2008.
The first half started off slowly, with only one shot at goal by senior Emily Kuo (Chicago, Ill.) that had to be saved by goalkeeper Maddie Willer in the 13th minute. Over half an hour into the game, however, after a cross from freshman Priyanka Gaur (Austin, Texas), Kuo booted the ball past a diving Willer, who was unable to save it, giving MIT a lead over WPI, 1-0 going into the second half.
There was more action in the second half, starting right away when senior goalie Meghan Wright (Devon, Pa.) had to make one save a minute into the second period and then another eight minutes later. The Engineers were just as tough on Willer, shooting at the goal five times, all of which were saved. In the 77th minute, junior Michaelann Rodriguez (Florence, Ala.) outmaneuvered the defender and fired home a small-angle shot, giving MIT a 2-0 lead over WPI. With two more shots by WPI and three by MIT, all of which were saved by the keepers except for one, the gamed ended with an MIT win, 2-0. After this game, Wright earned her fifth shut out this season.
MIT will host another NEWMAC rival, Wellesley College, on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 7:00 p.m., while WPI will travel to Mount Holyoke for a game earlier the same day.