Women's Soccer Breaks into Top 10 in This Week's United Soccer Coaches Division III National Poll

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Cambridge, Mass. (October 8) – When the United Soccer Coaches Association released its Division III national poll this week, the MIT women's soccer team learned that they have broken into the top-10 for the first time in program history as the Engineers are ranked tenth overall. You can find the entire United Soccer Coaches Division III Poll here.

United Soccer Coaches Division III Top 10:

1. Messiah College (10-1-0)
2. Middlebury College (8-0-1)
3. Christopher Newport University (10-0-2)
4. William Smith College (8-1-1)
5. Washington University (Mo.) (10-1-1)
6. Johns Hopkins University (7-1-3)
7. TCNJ (10-1-0)
8. Pomona-Pitzer Colleges (9-0-1)
9. Wheaton College (Ill.) (10-1-1)
10. MIT (9-1-2)

Through 12 games this season, MIT sports a 9-1-2 overall record and a 3-0-0 mark in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action. The Engineers recently broke the program record for most consecutive shutouts as that streak currently sits at nine matches and MIT has not allowed a goal in 894:25 straight minutes in the current stretch. With five wins and one draw at home this fall, the Engineers have also extended their unbeaten streak to 43 straight matches which dates back to 2015 and is the 12th longest streak in NCAA Division III women's soccer history.

MIT currently ranks first in all of Division III with a 0.080 goals against average and a 0.970 save percentage. The Engineers also rank fifth in shots per game (25.42), seventh in shots on goal per game (13.00), tenth in total goals (40), 15th in total points (104) and 26th in scoring offense (3.33 goals per game).

Offensively, MIT is led by sophomore Karenna Groff (Weston, Mass.) as she has scored ten goals and dished out three assists for 23 points this fall. Defensively, first-year goalkeeper Ava Gillikin (Flemington, N.J.) has a 0.000 goals against average, a 1.000 save percentage and 22 saves in 640 minutes in net for the Engineers this fall. Gillikin is currently one of two qualifying Division III women's soccer goalkeepers to still have a perfect goals against average and save percentage this season. The back line has been a strength this fall as juniors Sarah Moseson (Morristown, N.J.) and Maya Nielan (Danville, Calif.) have anchored the defensive efforts all year for MIT.

MIT (9-1-2, 3-0-0 NEWMAC) returns to NEWMAC play on Saturday, October 12 with a home match against the Lyons of Mount Holyoke College on Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium at 5:00 pm and then will travel to No. 24 Williams College for a non-conference match on Sunday, October 13 slated for 12:30 pm.

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