September 22, 2007

Women's Soccer Enjoys Big Second Half; Engineers Blank Mount Holyoke, 7-0

Sept. 22, 2007

Box Score

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Senior Amy Ludlum scored a natural hat trick over a span of 22 minutes to open the second half as MIT (6-1-0, 1-0-0 NEWMAC) opened up the conference portion of its slate with a 7-0 shutout victory against Mount Holyoke (1-5-0, 0-1-0). Kicking off play in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference, the Engineers exploded for six goals in the second half en route to their sixth consecutive win.

Sophomore Elaine Harvey played well in net for Mount Holyoke, keeping MIT's vaunted attack at bay for most of the first half while securing nine saves. Freshman Erica Little provided the only scoring in the opening frame after firing a 20-yard blast from the left side of the pitch that registered in the upper right-hand corner of the net. Fellow rookie Lauren Hernley delivered the assist on Little's first career goal which broke the scoreless tie in the 19th minute.

The Engineers adjusted their attack during the halftime break before enjoying an offensive feast with terrific play in the final 45 minutes. Ludlum provided the spark for the Cardinal and Gray, scoring her first goal of the afternoon on a feed by Liz Theurer in the 48th minute. Little served up the helper on Ludlum's next two scores, which she added in the 58th and 68th minute, respectively, to pull within one of the Institute's career record for goals.

Hernley added to MIT's totals with her first career goal in the 72nd minute. Hernley and Little offered a glimpse of the future for MIT women's soccer as the rookie duo combined for two goals and four assists against the Lyons. Hernley and fellow freshman Monique Squiers returned to the lineup for the first time since suffering injuries in the season-opener at Brandeis.

The Engineers capped the scoring with first-time goals by seniors Payal Agrawal and Janine Hopmans. Hopmans, who was also returning to the lineup on Saturday after being sidelined with an injury, stripped a defender deep in the back before colleting her first goal in the 88th minute.

Harvey finished with 12 saves in 77 minutes of play for the Lyons, while Stephanie Brenman made three saves in pitching her second shutout of the campaign. MIT out-shot Mount Holyoke, 29-8, and scored on six of its 12 shots in the second half.