MIT Soccer Smothers Fitchburg State, 3-0
Sept. 20, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Sophomore Amy Ludlum scored MIT's first goal of the season in the opening minute of Tuesday's match to lift the Engineers to a 3-0 victory over Fitchburg State at Steinbrenner Stadium. Ludlum added two more strikes during the tilt as MIT broke into the win column impressively at home.
MIT (1-5) reversed its role from previous battles this season by dominating the offensive end all game. Fitchburg (2-4) netminder Meg O'Donnell played well despite the loss, repeatedly denying Tech's desire to expand the lead early in the game. Most of the damage came courtesy of Ludlum, who fired nine shots on goal in 90 minutes of play. For the game, MIT outshot Fitchburg State, 21-9.
The Engineers finally added to their lead in the 41st minute. Karen Davie served a great ball through the middle, and as Ludlum chased down the pass, she sprinted ahead of the Falcon defense and coolly sent home her second tally of the day. Fifteen minutes later, Amanda Shing set up Tech's final score off a deep cross. The service landed in front of the net, where a handful of players stabbed at the loose ball. Ludlum somehow scooped it up and delivered her third finish of the afternoon.
Tech keeper Kat Vater was rarely tested, but made two saves en route to the victory. Freshman Stephanie Brenman made her career debut with the Cardinal and Gray at the 70-minute mark, and stopped three shots.
O'Donnell suffered the loss for Fitchburg, although she made eight saves in 64 minutes of action. Heather Funk relieved O'Donnell for the remainder of the game, making four saves without surrendering a goal.