MIT Powers Past WPI In Battle of Engineers
Oct. 13, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Senior Janine Hopmans enjoyed the first multi-goal effort of her career by supplying a hat trick as MIT women's soccer topped WPI, 6-0, in the NEWMAC's annual battle of the Engineers. Fellow fourth-year captain Amy Ludlum factored in five of Tech's finishes in helping MIT improve to 6-1 at home this season.
MIT (9-4-0, 4-2-0) opened the scoring in the first minute of Saturday's match as sophomore Liz Theurer scored from 20 yards out on a high-arching shot set up Ludlum. Theurer reciprocated in the 15th minute, delivering a clean pass to a cutting Ludlum, who slammed the ball home from eight-yards out to secure her 16th goal of the campaign.
WPI (6-8-0, 2-4-0) was unable to sustain an attack against the MIT midfield, which played exceptionally well for most of the afternoon. In the 34th minute, the home-town Engineers moved in front, 3-0, on Hopmans first goal of the afternoon. Five minutes later, Hopmans connected on her second finish of the day after a great feed in the middle by rookie Erica Little. Ludlum, who set an MIT single-game record with four assists, set up Hopmans' first score.
Freshman Lauren Hernley continued her terrific play in the midfield this year, scoring her fourth goal of the season in the 73rd minute as MIT broke a scoreless tie in the half. Off the helper from Ludlum, Hopmans capped the scoring in the 90th minute with a thunderous boot just in front of the WPI goal.
Stephanie Brenman picked up her fifth shutout victory of the season for the Cardinal and Gray after making three stops. Sophomore Elizabeth Glasson shouldered the loss for WPI despite making three saves in one half of play. Nicole DeCampo and Abaigeal Caras split the bet-minding duties in the second half.