Late Goal Lifts Lesley Past No. 15 MIT, 2-1

Sophomore Lauren Ullmann
Sophomore Lauren Ullmann

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Lesley University senior Hannah Landerholm's (Edmonds, Wash.) header at 74:03 in the second half provided the visitor's with the lead for good as the Lynx claimed a 2-1 non-conference win over No. 15 MIT on Friday evening at Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium. The victory marks the first time Lesley has defeated MIT since their series commenced in 2010. MIT and Lesley have concluded their last two matches in ties, while Tech's last victory against the Lynx came in 2011.

MIT, which is currently ranked 15th in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll and second in the region, outshot Lesley, 11-8, while the Lynx held an advantage in corners, four to three. Lesley junior goalkeeper Jackie Berard (Coventry, R.I.) turned away seven shots, including four attempts in the final session. MIT sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Ullmann (Princeton, N.J.) finished the match with three saves.

Sophomore Kathleen Chen (Chappaqua, N.Y.) put MIT on the board first with her initial marker of the season following a shot by senior Ambika Krishnamachar (Darrien, Conn.) 57 seconds into the first half that deflected off a diving Berard in the Lynx' box. The Engineers attempted to add to its lead minutes later with attempts from Krishnamachar and senior Michelle Battipaglia (Katonah, N.Y.), but Berard turned away both shots.

Lesley evened the score at 28:17 following a red card that was issued to Chen as grad student Veronica Halen (San Diego, Calif.) scored on a penalty kick. The Lynx tried to double its lead on a corner kick at 38:00, but sophomore Lindsey Bos (Valencia, Calif.) was unable to connect with her teammates.

With the score tied, 1-1, MIT tried to push ahead at 60:40 in the second half when Krishnamachar dribbled toward the top of the box and fired a shot that was blocked by Bos. Lesley eventually netted the go-ahead goal minutes later when Landerholm headed in a corner kick from Bos that landed in the middle of the MIT net. 

MIT returns to action on Sunday, September 14 when they travel to No. 9 Williams College for a 1:00 p.m. match, while Lesley travels to Simmons College on Wednesday, September 17.