Sept. 11, 2005
HOBOKEN, N.J. - Women's soccer continued its bumpy start to the 2005 campaign with an 0-2 ledger at the Stevens Tech Tournament in Hoboken, N.J. Tech's defense played well during the weekend tilt, but the Engineers offense was ineffective in 1-0 losses to NYU and RPI.
MIT's defensive unit enjoyed its finest half of the season versus region power NYU, holding the Violets to just four shots while totaling four shots of its own in the opening frame. Amy Ludlum was finally able to create some space, and registered a few quick strikes that were subsequently denied by NYU netminder, Kaitlin Barnes.
The Violets broke the deadlock in the 81st minute after hammering away with several quality attempts. Rebecca Houston supplied the game-winner with a blast from 15 yards out that landed just inside the far post.
On Sunday, the Cardinal and Gray hoped to rebound against RPI, although Rensselaer's version of the Engineers was equal to the task. MIT's defense looked solid once again, but it couldn't muster any steam through the middle.
While most of the action was dominated in the midfield, RPI tripped up MIT in the 80th minute. A great save by Kat Vater, her seventh of the game, rebounded directly to Sarah Hins, who calmly delivered the game-winning finish.
Vater made seven stops against RPI and finished with 15 saves for the weekend. Adding in the pair of defeats, and MIT (0-4-0) is facing its second-worst start in the history of the program.