No. 10 Women's Soccer Powers Past Mount Holyoke, 7-0

Photo by David Vapnek '22
Photo by David Vapnek '22

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 10 MIT 7, Mount Holyoke College 0

- Records: No. 10 MIT (10-1-2, 4-0-0 NEWMAC); Mount Holyoke College (2-10-1, 0-4-0 NEWMAC)

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

- The Lead: The No. 10 MIT women's soccer team used six different goal scorers and extended its shutout streak and unbeaten streak to ten matches as the Engineers earned a 7-0 win over Mount Holyoke College on Saturday evening in Cambridge.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- MIT scored five goals over the opening 45 minutes of action, two of which came from senior captain Sophia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) just 1:05 apart. Senior Allie Werner (Tyler, Texas) opened the scoring in just 4:55 into the match as she finished a cross from sophomore Karenna Groff (Weston, Mass.).

- After Struckman scored her two goals to put the Engineers up 3-0, senior Claire O'Callaghan (Sherborn, Mass.) notched her second goal of the year off a cross by sophomore Grace Xiong (Princeton, N.J.). Struckman and O'Callaghan's three goals came in a span of 1:37. Sophomore Emily Larson (Ankeny, Iowa) added a goal in the 32nd minute as MIT led 5-0 at the break. 

- The Engineers tallied two more goals in the second half, one by first-year Savannah Lawrence (Tucker, Ga.) off a corner by senior Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.) and one by Groff in the 59th minute to secure the 7-0 victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- MIT moved up to No. 10 in this week's United Soccer Coaches Division III National Poll and remained at No. 12 in the D3Soccer.com National Rankings.

- The 7-0 shutout win extended MIT's shutout streak and the Engineers unbeaten streak to ten. MIT now has not allowed a goal in 984:25 straight minutes of action and is now unbeaten in 33 consecutive NEWMAC regular season contests dating back to September 17, 2016. Ten straight shutouts also put MIT into the NCAA record book for the tenth longest streak in Division III women's soccer history.

- The win for MIT extended its unbeaten streak at home to 44 straight matches which tied them for the 11th longest streak in Division III women's soccer history. The Engineers are now tied with Stevens, which accomplished the feat from 2004-2008. Right above MIT and Stevens is Puget Sound with a streak of 45.

- The shutout today also marked MIT's 12th of the season which is just two shy of tying the single season program record of 14 which was set by the 2010 squad.

- MIT split halves with their two goalkeepers Riley Terando (Folson, Calif.) and Lauren Castle (Ridgefield, Conn.), but neither had to make a save over the 90 minutes of action as the Engineers allowed Mount Holyoke to take one shot. Lyons keeper Maria-Lucia Delgado made 16 saves on 23 shots.

-  The Engineers outshot the Lyons 47-1 and took 21 corner kicks in the contest.

- Groff moved into sole possession of first place in the NEWMAC with 11 goals this year.

UP NEXT:

- MIT will travel to No. 24 Williams College for a non-conference match with the Ephs tomorrow at 12:30 pm.

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