CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior Stephanie Cooke's (Lanoka Harbor, N.J.) first goal of the season proved to be the game-winner as the MIT women's soccer team defeated Smith College, 1-0, in NEWMAC contest on Saturday afternoon. The win raised the Engineers' ledger to 6-1-2 on the year and 1-0-2 in the conference while the Pioneers dipped to 1-7-0 overall and 0-3-0 in the NEWMAC.
Smith's Ellie Theurer almost opened the scoring in the 11th minute on breakaway but junior goalie Meghan Wright (Devon, Pa.) grabbed the line drive strike. A few minutes later, junior Andrea Park (Irvine, Calif.) chipped a ball outside of the box which was pounced on by goalie Lindsey Gregor. The ball came loose, but she snagged it right before junior Emily Kuo (Chicago, Ill.) could get a touch.
Midway through the period, Park sent a short free kick into the box which was struck by sophomore Rachel Dias Carlson (Albany, N.Y.); however it glanced off the crossbar. In the 34th minute Cooke redirected a feed from Park yards away from the goal. With Gregor caught out of position, the shot appeared to be stopped by Ralston Louie on the line, but the officials ruled the ball had crossed the plane of the goalmouth.
During the final nine minutes of the half, Meredith Peck nearly registered the equalizer on two occasions. She had a one-on-one situation with Wright that brought her off her line. Peck unleashed a shot from the top of the box which resulted in Wright sliding to the near sideline to thwart the scoring attempt. Later on, from eight yards out, Peck spun around a sent a strike that caused Wright to dive and deflect the ball out of bounds.
In the second stanza, MIT continued to control the ball as it registered 11 shots with five on goal while Smith posted two shots. The Pioneers' best charge at net was in the 50th minute on a run by Dayln Houser. Faced with just Park and Wright she sent a strike from 15 yards out that was blocked by Park, ending the scoring threat.
Wright collected three saves and her fifth shutout of the season while Gregor turned away 11 shots.
Both squads continue NEWMAC play on Tuesday, Oct. 4 when MIT travels to WPI while Smith hosts Springfield College.