CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (July 5) – The MIT women's soccer program has announced its slate of games for the 2017 season, which will feature a 19-match schedule that includes ten New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contests and ten home games at Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium. The Engineers will be under the guidance of tenth-year head coach Martin Desmarais.
The Engineers will open the season against national semifinalist and fourth-ranked Brandeis University at home under the lights on Friday, September 1 at 7:00 p.m. This year's matchup marks the 14th time over the past 15 seasons in which the MIT women's soccer team and the Judges will meet in the season opener. After six straight non-conference contests to open the year, MIT will welcome Wheaton College on Friday, September 15 at 7:00 p.m. its first NEWMAC game of the season.
Another featured games for MIT, which made it to the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Tournament for the sixth-time in program history a year ago after finishing with an overall record of 17-6-1 – the most wins ever in a single year for the women's soccer team, include a matchup with national quarterfinalist and seventh-ranked Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. on October 8. The Engineers will also matchup with two other teams that were in the NCAA Tournament last season, including Worcester State University (September 5) and WPI. The contest against WPI at home on October 24 will also be a rematch of last year's NEWMAC Championship game.
Returning to the squad in September will be reigning NEWMAC Athlete of the Year Olivia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.), NEWMAC First Team All-Conference selection Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.), 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-District and NEWMAC Second Team All-Conference honoree Hailey Nichols (Boulder, Colo.), 2015 NEWMAC Rookie of the Year Allie Hrabchak (Princeton, N.J.) and Co-captain Jaqueline Simmons (Houston, Texas).