No. 20 Women’s Soccer Doubles Up Roger Williams, 2-0

Courtesy of Maude Gull
Courtesy of Maude Gull

THE BASICS: 

- Score: No. 20 MIT 2, Roger Williams University 0 

- Records: No. 20 MIT (6-0), Roger Williams University (1-4) 

- Location: Bristol, R.I (Bayside Field)

- The Lead: The MIT women's soccer team, ranked No. 20 in the first United Soccer Coaches Division III national poll and third in the first United Soccer Coaches New England Regional rankings, improved to 6-0 this fall with a 2-0 win over Roger Williams University in non-conference action on Tuesday night in Rhode Island.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- The game was scoreless through the opening 45 minutes, however, the Engineers had a number of good scoring opportunities over the first few minutes of the game. Two chances were called offside and those were followed up by back-to-back shots that were wide by sophomore Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.) and junior Allie Hrabchak (Princeton, N.J.). At the 13:36 mark, Hawks keeper Natalie O'Donovan was forced to make her first save as sophomore Montana Reilly (Los Angeles, Calif.) put the first shot on goal for the Engineers.

- In the second stanza, MIT wasted little time as the Engineers drove down the field in the 56th minute. Reilly passed the ball to junior Amy Apostol (Los Gatos, Calif.), who ricocheted her first shot off the crossbar and then fired her own rebound into the top half of the net to give MIT the 1-0 lead.

- The Engineers doubled their lead in the 77th minute when Allie Werner (Tyler, Texas) found sophomore Claire O'Callaghan (Sherborn, Mass.) on a great through pass on the ground. O'Callaghan gathered the ball drove down the field and scored her first goal of the campaign. For Werner, she registered her third assist of the season, which ranks second on the team only behind Berzolla who has five. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- MIT keeper Lily Mueller (Lakeville, Minn.) posted her first collegiate shutout in tonight's game as she moved to 5-0-0 this fall with two saves between the pipes for the Engineers. O'Donovan (0-3-0) made six stops for the Hawks.

- The Engineers held a 20-4 advantage in shots and a slim 5-4 differential in corner kicks.

- In the all-time series with Roger Williams, which dates back to 2011, MIT is now 4-1-3.

- MIT is now 6-0-0 to start the season, matching the best start in program history with the 1991 team as the Engineers also rattled off six straight wins to begin that season.

- The Engineers put together two goals tonight, which brings their season total to 27 through six games, which is tied for second-most in the country with Redlands and only behind Greensboro in NCAA Division III women's soccer. Additionally, MIT now has 19 assists to put it in sole possession of second place in the that category nationwide only one behind Redlands (21).

- MIT has earned its highest national ranking in this week's poll at No. 20 since the Engineers sat at No. 15 on September 10, 2014.

UP NEXT:

- MIT opens New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Friday, September 15 when the Engineers host Wheaton College under the lights at 7:00 p.m., while Roger Williams hosts Gordon College on Saturday at noon for its first Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) match of the season.

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