Hoekstra’s Hat Trick Propels No. 16 Women’s Soccer To 7-1 Win Over Salem State

Courtesy of David Silverman Photography
Courtesy of David Silverman Photography

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 8/16 MIT 7, Salem State University 1

- Records: No. 8/16 MIT (8-0-0), Salem State University (1-4-1)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium)

- The Lead: MIT sophomore Chessa Hoekstra (Portland, Maine) registered her first collegiate hat trick this afternoon as the No. 8 D3Soccer.com/16 United Soccer Coaches nationally-ranked Engineers powered past Salem State University, 7-1, in non-conference action on Tuesday afternoon in Cambridge.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Just 12 minutes into the game, senior Jacqueline Simmons (Houston, Texas) knocked the ball into the left corner of the net for her first goal of the season off a great corner kick by Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.). About 13 minutes later, Berzolla had another corner kick opportunity and this time found the head of Hailey Nichols (Boulder, Colo.), who registered her third goal of the campaign as MIT took the 2-0 lead.

- With less than eight minutes to play in the opening stanza, the Engineers potted two goals in a span of 1:22 to double their lead to 4-0 both of which came from Hoekstra for her fourth and fifth scores of the year.

- Salem State was able to score its lone goal of the game 1:27 into the second half as Emily Boyle was awarded with a penalty kick that she fired into the right side of the net to cut MIT's lead to three at 4-1.

- The Engineers would add three goals after Salem State's penalty kick to secure the non-conference win, 7-1. In the 55th minute, Berzolla recorded her third goal of the season on a 25-yard strike at the top of the box and three minutes later, Berzolla sent a great pass through the air half way down the field and found senior Olivia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) who buried her third goal of the year.

- Hoekstra capped the scoring at the 62:21 mark to earn his first collegiate hat trick. The sophomore took the ball down the field after sophomore Sophia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) played it to the head of freshman Courtney Byrne (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Byrne found Hoekstra for the goal – her team-leading sixth goal of the season. Byrne's assist marked the first collegiate point for the freshman.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- MIT took 40 shots tonight marking the most the team has taken in a game since the Engineers took 45 against the U.S. Coast Guard Academy back on October 20, 2012. MIT also held a 13-2 advantage in corner kicks, while Salem State made 16 saves in tonight's out-of-league matchup.

- The Engineers now lead the all-time series with the Vikings 10-7-3 and have won every matchup with Salem State since 2009.

- MIT keeper Lily Mueller (Lakeville, Minn.) improved to 7-0-0 this fall as she made one save over the opening 45 minutes of play before classmate Chris Sacha (Mount Pleasant, S.C.) came on in relief in the second half. Both Salem State keepers made eight saves in their respective halves. Amanda Backe got the start (0-3-0) and Rebecca Sabino played the second 45 minutes for the Vikings.

UP NEXT:

- MIT welcomes Smith College to Cambridge for a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) battle beginning at 3:00 p.m., while Salem State welcomes Mass Maritime for as MASCAC contest the same day for a 3:00 p.m. start.

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