Oct. 14, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT women’s soccer delivered its best offensive effort of the season in a 4-0 victory over Coast Guard at Roberts Field on Tuesday. Freshman Alisha Lussiez scored two goals and assisted on another as the Engineers kept pace in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference.
The Engineers (4-7-1, 2-2-1) opened the scoring in the 37th minute as Lussiez connected on her fifth goal of the season. Sophomore Lauren Hernley, who was in command of the midfield all afternoon, supplied an assist on the opening marker. MIT had additional chances to increase its first-half lead, but a combination of near-misses and superb goalkeeping kept the Bears to just a one-goal deficit at the half.
After out-shooting Coast Guard (5-7-0, 1-4-0), 8-2, for the first 45 minutes, the Engineers responded with an even better second half. MIT closed the game with a season-high 26 shots and was rewarded for its high-pressure attack by scoring three goals for just the second time this year.
MIT added to its advantage in the 58th minute as Hernley knocked home her second goal of the campaign. Taking a feed from junior Liz Theurer deep in the Coast Guard box, Hernley slammed the ball into the middle of the net just under the top post. Six minutes later, Lussiez delivered another goal deep in the Bears’ territory off a pass by sophomore Claire DeRosa.
Hernley capped off the scoring with a blast from 25 yards out in the 88th minute.
Rookie net-minder Mary Mills was sensational in a losing effort for Coast Guard. With several diving lunges and a strong presence between the pipes, Mills slowed the MIT attack while finishing the day with 14 saves. Senior Stephanie Brenman made two saves en route to her fifth shutout of the season.
MIT enjoyed a 26-5 advantage in shots and a 5-1 edge in corners.