BANGOR, Maine. - MIT women's soccer defeated Husson University 5-0 on Tuesday afternoon, registering its sixth shutout of the season. Senior defender Andrea Park (Irvine, Calif.) scored the first two goals of the day, giving the Engineers a sizeable lead just 30 minutes into the game. MIT are now 10-2-1 for the season, while the Eagles fell to 5-10.
MIT started the game off strongly, making five shots in the first 15 minutes, with all but two of them needing to be saved by goalie Jessica Poulin. The sixth shot finally made it past Poulin when a cross from senior Merricka Livingstone (Palm Bay, Fla.) found Park, who lobbed it into the back of the net in the 20th minute. Less than ten minutes later, Park scored her second goal of the day, and, only a minute and a half later, freshman Jennifer Ibanez (West Windsor, N.J.) scored her third goal of the season, leaving the Cardinal and Gray with a 3-0 lead over Husson with 13 minutes remaining in the half.
Even with a three goal lead, the Engineers continued to fight in the second half as if they were behind, taking shot after shot at net, most of them being saved by keeper Anna Wolterbeek. In the 75th minute, sophomore Ambika Krishnamachar (Darien, Conn.) scored MIT's fourth goal after a pass from freshman Morgan Moroi (New Albany, Ohio). With just 52 seconds left on the clock, sophomore Jessica Ong (Oklahoma City, Okla.) netted MIT's fifth and final goal following a cross from freshman Zara Perumal (Poway, Calif.), ending the game with a Cardinal and Gray victory.
Throughout the 90 minute game, MIT outshot the Eagles, 32-3. Husson goalkeepers had to make eight saves in the first half and seven in the second, while senior Meghan Wright (Devon, Pa.) only had to save three shots total.
MIT will be back at Steinbrenner Stadium for its next game against NEWMAC rival Springfield College on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 1:00 p.m.