No. 18 Women's Soccer Uses Second Half Surge to Defeat Lesley, 2-0

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THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 18 MIT 2, Lesley University 0

- Records: No. 18 MIT (4-1-1); Lesley University (4-1)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Franke Field)

- The Lead: MIT women's soccer, ranked 18th in the latest United Soccer Coaches Division III national poll, wrapped up their five game road swing with a 2-0 win at Lesley University tonight. The victory pushes MIT's record to 4-1-1 overall as the Engineers went 3-1-1 over their five contests away from Steinbrenner Stadium. 

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- The match was scoreless until the 74th minute when senior Chessa Hoekstra (Portland, Maine) broke the 0-0 tie. Hoekstra, who registered her third goal of the season, finished a short pass from sophomore Karenna Groff (Weston, Mass.) for the 1-0 advantage. 

- Just 3:38 later, the Engineers were awarded a penalty kick looking to put the game out of reach from the then undefeated Lesley Lynx. Senior Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.) was the one who took the kick and converted for her team-leading fourth goal of the season giving MIT a 2-0 lead.

- MIT's defense did not allow Lesley to get a shot off over the final 45 minutes and only allowed one total shot in tonight's contest, marking the second straight match that the Engineers back line has done that.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Berzolla's penalty kick was her first one of the season as she is now 1-for-1 in 2019 and 6-for-7 on penalty kick attempts in her collegiate career.

- In tonight's match, MIT held a 14-1 advantage in shots and a 10-1 margin in corner kicks.

- MIT keeper Ava Gillikin (Flemington, N.J.) improved to 4-0-1 as she made one save in a complete game shutout for the Engineers. Brittley Gaan dropped to 1-1-0 for Lesley as she stopped the ball six times.

- The Engineers are now 6-1-2 all-time against Lesley University and they wrap up their five-match road trip with a record of 3-1-1.

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns home for the start of a five match homestand on Tuesday, September 17 as the nationally-ranked Engineers host Salem State University at 4:00 pm in a non-conference contest.

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