Wellesley Holds Off MIT, 2-1
Oct. 17, 2006
WELLESLEY, Mass. - The Wellesley soccer team scored twice in the first half en route to a 2-1 victory over NEWMAC-foe MIT on Tuesday afternoon. The win was critical for the Blue, which improved to 9-4 on the season and 5-2 in NEWMAC play to move out of a third-place tie, while the Engineers dropped to 9-6 overall and 4-3 in league play.
Taylor Harvey helped get Wellesley's offense going in the 20th minute when she took the ball down the left sideline and served a cross into the box where Jordan Akerley buried her second goal of the season. Haley Geller then added a bit of breathing room for the Blue 10 minutes later. Geller lofted a 25-yard shot over the head of the Engineers' senior keeper, Kat Vater, enabling Wellesley to enjoy a 2-0 lead at the break.
MIT returned with tremendous pressure in the second frame. The Engineers put up seven unanswered shots before Wellesley had its own crack at the net, but first-year goalie Katie Martore played stellar between the pipes as she turned away each MIT attempt.
As the Cardinal and Gray continued their offensive pressure, the Engineers finally got on the board in 89th minute. Junior Amy Ludlum, who led MIT with six shots on goal, blasted a 20-yard direct kick into the lower left corner of the net. The rally would fall short as Ludlum's tally would prove to be MIT's final shot of the match.
Martore finished the game with 13 saves for the Blue, and Vater stopped eight shots for MIT in the loss.
Both teams will return to action on Saturday with contests that will carry postseason implications. The Blue will host Springfield at 1 p.m. and MIT will return to Steinbrenner Stadium in a meeting versus Smith. The match is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m.