CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the third time this season, MIT's women soccer team, which ranked 25th in the nation and third in the region in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll, earned a one-goal victory as the Engineers defeated Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 1-0, on Sunday morning at Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium. The Engineers and Athena's were originally scheduled to face-off on Saturday, September 6 at 7:00 p.m., but due to inclement weather the game was postponed to this morning.
MIT junior Jennifer Ibanez (West Windsor, N.J.) scored the game's lone goal at 8:26 in the opening stanza following a feed from freshman Olivia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) outside the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps box. Struckman reversed direction while being defended outside her opponent's box and located Ibanez, who lofted a shot past senior goalkeeper Molly Freed (Seattle, Wash.) into the top left corner of the Athena's goal.
Tech tried to extend its lead later in the session with attempts by senior Ambika Krishnamachar (Darrien, Conn.) and junior Page Uriarte (Katonah, N.Y.), but both shots sailed to the right of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps' goal. MIT finished with six shots – four in the first half – and three shots on goal. Krishnamachar led the Engineers with two shots, but Claremont-Mudd-Scripps sophomore Laynee Laube (Seattle, Wash.) paced all players with three shots.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps concluded the match with 10 shots, seven attempts in the second half. Laube, and junior Darrah Shields (Redwood City, Calif.) combined for the game's final three shots, but sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Ullmann (Princeton, N.J.) turned away each attempt. Ullmann, who finished with a season-best nine stops, has pitched four consecutive shutouts this season and eight in an Engineers uniform.
MIT returns to action on Wednesday, September 10 when they travel to Tufts University for a 4:00 p.m. kickoff.