No. 20 Women's Soccer Blanks Brandeis, 4-0, In 2019 Opener

No. 20 Women's Soccer Blanks Brandeis, 4-0, In 2019 Opener

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 20 MIT 4, Brandeis University 0

- Records: No. 20 MIT (1-0-0); Brandeis University (0-1-0)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium)

- The Lead: The No. 20 ranked MIT women's soccer team opened the 2019 season with a 4-0 win over Brandeis University on Friday afternoon in Cambridge.

HOW IT HAPPENED: 

- MIT put together three goals over the opening 45 minutes of its season. Senior Chessa Hoekstra (Portland, Maine) finished a long midfield pass via classmate Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.) in the ninth minute to put the Engineers ahead 1-0. 

- In the 35th minute, MIT was awarded a free kick from just outside the box after Brandeis keeper Rebecca Gold played the ball outside of the 18-yard marker. Sophomore Karenna Groff (Weston, Mass.) found the head of classmate Anna Weinstein (Greenwood Village, Colo.), who deposited her third career goal into the upper half of the net for the 2-0 edge.

- Senior Claire O'Callaghan (Sherborn, Mass.) gave the Engineers a 3-0 lead just 2:35 later after she took the ball off a turnover just outside the 20-yard box and blasted home her first goal of the season.

- MIT matched its all-time best goal output against Brandeis in the second half as Berzolla put back a shot off a clearing attempt from inside the box by the Judges in the 57th minute. The last time MIT scored four goals against Brandeis was in 2001 when the Engineers topped the Judges by a 4-1 final.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: 

- MIT doubled up Brandeis in shots as the Engineers totaled 20 in the match today, while both teams earned three corner kicks. 

- MIT first-year keeper Ava Gillikin (Flemington, N.J.) earned her first collegiate win with five saves for the Engineers, while Brandeis starter Victoria Richardson took the loss (0-1-0) with three saves over the opening 45 minutes in net.

- Four goals for the Engineers on opening day is the most for club in their first match of the season since September 7, 2002 when MIT topped Grinnell College, 4-0. The win today also extends MIT's unbeaten streak to 38 matches at home, a streak that dates back to 2015.

- MIT came into today, ranked 20th in the United Soccer Coaches Division III National Poll and 16th in the D3soccer.com National Poll, while Brandeis received votes from the United Soccer Coaches in the preseason rankings.

UP NEXT:

- MIT heads west to California for a pair of matches that begin on Sunday, September 1. The Engineers will play Pomona-Pitzer on Sunday at 2:00 pm EST before taking on Chapman University on Tuesday at 7:00 pm EST.

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