Oct. 12, 2005
NORTON, Mass. - The Engineers kept their opposition off the scoreboard for the first time this season as they blanked Wheaton College 2-0 at Clark Field yesterday. The win was the second in as many days for MIT, now 11-2 overall and 3-1 in NEWMAC play. Senior Cheryl Texin tallied a goal and an assist in less than two minutes to power the Engineers past the Lyons (4-9, 1-4 NEWMAC).
Texin opened the scoring 10:52 into the contest when she capitalized on a penalty corner pass from senior co-captain Noelle Kanaga. Texin received the pass and fired a hard, direct shot from the top of the arch inside the left post. 1:51 later, MIT junior Sharon Prange notched her first goal of the season on a feed from Texin to negate Wheaton's building momentum. Junior Anna Ayuso had an opportunity to put the Engineers up by three a few minutes later, but Wheaton's senior goalkeeper Emily Fiskio made an athletic stick save to keep the game interesting.
Wheaton finally managed to string together some quality scoring chances in the final 11 minutes of action, but MIT sophomore goalie Alexa Herman was up to the challenge. She turned away multiple shots from Wheaton junior Shea Clarke, including a penalty stroke. MIT's defense was able to fend off Wheaton's late offensive, and time ran out on the Lyons.
Herman played very well and finished with 10 saves for the Engineers in her first shutout win of the season. Junior Mary Catherine Boll stopped nine saves after coming in for Fiskio, who made three of her own.
The Engineers host Mount Holyoke at Jack Barry Field this Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in another important NEWMAC contest. MIT will look to build on their impressive 11-2 record and work toward their regular season best mark of 13-3 (6-1 NEWMAC) set in 1995.