No. 13 Women’s Soccer Bounces Back With 5-0 NEWMAC Win at Wellesley

Courtesy of David Silverman Photography
Courtesy of David Silverman Photography

THE BASICS:

Score: No. 13 MIT 5, Wellesley College 0

Records: No. 13 MIT (13-1-0, 5-0-0 NEWMAC); Wellesley College (3-8-2, 2-4-0 NEWMAC)

Location: Wellesley, Mass. (Wellesley Soccer Field)

The Lead: The MIT women's soccer team, which is ranked No. 13 in the latest United Soccer Coaches Division III national poll and No. 9 in the D3Soccer.com poll, bounced back from Sunday's game this afternoon with a 5-0 win over Wellesley College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- MIT junior Amy Apostol (Los Gatos, Calif.) got the nationally-ranked Engineers on the board first in the eighth minute when she knocked in her own rebound for the 1-0 lead. Then with 42-seconds remaining in the opening stanza, sophomore Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.) doubled MIT's advantage when her corner kick sailed into the back of the net as the Engineers held a 2-0 advantage at the break. Berzolla, who added an assist later in the game, registered her fourth goal of the season and has moved into a tie for first place on the team and in the conference in points with classmate Chessa Hoekstra (Portland, Maine) with 20.

- Over the final 45 minutes of action, MIT added three more goals to secure the 5-0 road victory. In the 54th minute, sophomore Allie Werner (Tyler, Texas) registered her fourth goal of the season off a great low cross by classmate Sophia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.). Just 4:22 later, senior Olivia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) kicked the ball into the back of the net off her heel on a corner kick via Berzolla marking Berzolla's nation-leading 12th assist of the season and O. Struckman's eighth goal of the campaign.

- With 3:41 to play, Hoekstra tallied her team-leading and NEWMAC leading ninth goal of the year. Hoekstra gathered the ball off a feed by freshman Kiara Wahnschafft (Winchester, Mass.) and buried it into the back of the net to account for the 5-0 final score. Wahnschafft's assist marked the first of her collegiate career as she now has three points (one goal, one assist) in her rookie campaign.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- MIT keeper Lily Mueller (Lakeville, Minn.) totaled five saves and registered her third clean sheet of the season as she improved to 12-1-0 this fall. Wellesley keeper Olivia Reckley dropped to 3-8-2 as she stopped the ball six times for the Blue.

- The Engineers held a 20-8 advantage in shots and an 8-2 margin in corner kicks. MIT tallied ten shots in the first half and ten in the second for the balanced effort.

- MIT picked up its 21st win against Wellesley in the all-time series which dates back to 1985. The head-to-head matchups between the two clubs is now tied at 21-21-4 in the 46 contest played.

- The Engineers picked up their 13th win of the season tonight marking the eighth time in program history and seventh time in the past eight seasons in which has reached that plateau. This includes last year when the MIT women's soccer program notched the most wins in program history with 17.

UP NEXT:

- The 13th-ranked Engineers continue their four game road trip on Saturday, October 14 as MIT heads to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy for a 1:00 p.m. start in New London, while Wellesley travels to Emerson College for a NEWMAC battle with the Lions on the same day at 1:00 p.m.

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