Strikers Propel MIT Past Simmons, 4-0
Sept. 6, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Freshman Liz Theurer followed up Saturday's golden goal effort against Brandeis with two goals and an assist as MIT upped its record to 2-0 with a 4-0 victory over Simmons College (1-2-0). Junior Amy Ludlum added two finishes in the second half to give MIT its highest single-game goal total in three years.
MIT enjoyed the chances early as Ludlum posted three markers on net. Simmons' rookie keeper Rachel Elliot thwarted each of Ludlum's first half shots as the match remained scoreless through the first 20 minutes of play. Elliot's counterpart, rookie Julia Roberts, was equal to the task as she made two great saves in near succession against junior Andrea Caldwell, who sparked a counterattack for the Sharks.
With zeroes still on the board, Theurer broke the deadlock with a great individual finish in the 23rd minute. Battling a Simmons defender, Theurer stole the ball in the back and sprinted a few steps down the right side before sliding a grounder into the goal on the far post. Theurer added her second goal of the afternoon and third of the season in the 51st minute, collecting a great feed in the middle from freshman Katie Pesce before beating Elliot clean.
Seven minutes later, the Engineers struck again. Ludlum, who has served as Tech's leading scorer the last two seasons, was on the receiving end of a great through ball by Theurer. Splitting two defenders in picking up the pass, Ludlum raced away from the defense and kicked it home for a 3-0 lead. Ludlum closed out the scoring in the 84th minute after trapping a great serve by senior Ashleigh Leonard, who picked up her second assist in as many games.
Once again, Roberts was sensational in goal. The MIT rookie secured the clean sheet after making seven stops, while earning the first shutout of her career. Elliot closed the books with six saves for Simmons.
The Cardinal and Gray embark a three-game road trip beginning with a match Saturday at Worcester State. The Engineers return to Steinbrenner on Tuesday, September 19 in a 4 p.m. tilt against Fitchburg State.