September 16, 2008

Julia Roberts Strikes Twice to Lead MIT Past Emerson, 2-0

Sept. 16, 2008

Box Score

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Junior midfielder Julia Roberts scored twice midway through the second half and the Engineers' defense locked down Emerson's attack as MIT women's soccer secured a 2-0 victory at Roberts Field on Tuesday.

Roberts broke a scoreless tie in the 60th minute after heading in a rebound that bounced off the top of the crossbar. Sophomore Erica Little set-up the finish with a cross from the left side while Roberts one-touched the rebound into the back of the net for her first career goal.

Less than two minutes later, the Engineers (2-4-0) extended their advantage with another strike from Roberts. Junior midfielder Katie Pesce was credited with an assist after sliding the ball to Roberts from the middle of the pitch while the junior from Rockville, Md., got past an Emerson (2-2-1) defender en route to her second score of the afternoon.

Emerson controlled the play during the first half and out-shot the Engineers, 7-3, in the opening frame. MIT turned the tide in the second half with constant pressure that resulted in a 6-1 shot advantage for the Cardinal and Gray. Outside of the two markers, the game pitted two evenly-matched teams, although the Lions were unable to capitalize on their tremendous outside speed.

Senior Stephanie Brenman made five saves en route to her second shutout of the season while rookie Baileigh Wirzburger made five stops in a losing effort for Emerson.