No. 10 Women's Soccer Extends Unbeaten Streak to 13 With 5-1 Win at Coast Guard

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THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 10 MIT 5, Coast Guard 1

- Records: No. 10 MIT (13-1-2, 6-0-0 NEWMAC); Coast Guard (6-9-0, 4-3-0 NEWMAC)

- Location: New London, Conn. (Nitchman Field)

- The Lead: Sophomore Karenna Groff (Weston, Mass.) became the fourth student-athlete in program history and first since Amy Ludlum to register back-to-back 30 point seasons as she guided the No. 10 MIT women's soccer team to a 5-1 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory at Coast Guard today.

The victory extended MIT's winning streak to seven and its unbeaten streak to 13 which is now the longest unbeaten streak in program history topping the old mark of 12 that was set by the 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2018 squads.

SCORING SUMMARY:

- 10th minute (9:58) - Senior Montana Reilly (Los Angeles, Calif.) put MIT on the board first as her fifth goal of the season off an unassisted strike gave the Engineers a 1-0 lead.

- 29th minute (28:11) - Senior Sophia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) doubled MIT's lead after she drove through the Coast Guard defense and buried a shot into the left side of the net for her fifth goal of the year.

- 51st minute (50:39) - First-year Stephanie Howe (Geneva, Ill.) tallied her second goal of the season and of her career after she finished a short pass from the left side of the box by Groff.

- 73rd minute (72:52) - Senior Chessa Hoekstra (Portland, Maine) made MIT's lead 4-0 as she notched her fifth goal of the year off a pass by classmate Claire O'Callaghan (Sherborn, Mass.)

- 76th minute (75:23) - Coast Guard scored its lone goal of the match as Anna Carleton kicked the ball into the net after a collision of defenders inside the box.

- 90th minute (89:56)- MIT capped the scoring with four seconds to play in regulation as first-year Emma Rutherford (Nashville, Tenn.) finished a corner kick from senior Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.) for the 5-1 final.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- MIT remained at No. 10 in this week's United Soccer Coaches Division III National Poll and moved up to No. 11 in the D3Soccer.com National Rankings.

- Groff registered her 30th point of the season today which came as an assist, her sixth of the year, which is a career-high for the sophomore. Groff joined Ludlum (2006-07), Kelli Griffin (2000-01) and Rebecca Hill (1992-93-94) as the only student-athletes in program history to have back-to-back 30+ point seasons.

- The win pushed MIT's unbeaten streak in NEWMAC regular season matches to 35, which is now the 15th longest in NCAA Division III Women's Soccer history. This streak dates back to September 17, 2016. 

- MIT outshot Coast Guard 21-6 overall and 12-3 on goal and also held a slim 3-2 edge in corner kicks.

- In six NEWMAC matches this fall, MIT has outscored its opponents by a 23-1 margin.

UP NEXT:

- MIT continues its road swing with a NEWMAC match at Babson College on Tuesday, October 22 at 3:00 pm.

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