NORTON, Mass. – MIT women's soccer team edged out No. 7 nationally ranked Wheaton, 2-1, on Tuesday afternoon, ending the Lyons' undefeated season. The Engineers are now 11-3-1 for the season and 6-1 in conference play, while Wheaton dipped to 13-1-2 and 6-1 in NEWMAC play. Junior Michaelann Rodriguez (Florence, Ala.) scored the game-winning goal 33 minutes into the game.
Ten minutes into the first half, senior Leslie Meyer (Brownsburg, Ind.) scored the first goal of the afternoon, and her first this season, when she received a cross from junior Rachel Dias Carlson (Albany, N.Y.). Exactly ten minutes later, Julia Cipriano put Wheaton on the board, tying the game at 1-1. In the 33rd minute, Rodriguez lobbed the ball past goalkeeper Ali Hinton following a pass from freshman Priyanka Gaur (Austin, Texas), giving the Engineers a 2-1 lead over the Lyons going into the second period.
With a one goal advantage over Wheaton, the Cardinal and Gray fought to keep ahead for the remaining 45 minutes. MIT outshot the Lyons, 5-3, in the second half, but none of its shots needed to be saved, while senior keeper Meghan Wright (Devon, Pa.) had to save two of Wheaton's shots. The clock ran out with neither team scoring any more goals, leaving MIT with a 2-1 victory over the Lyons.
MIT will host its final home game of the 2012 season on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 4:00 p.m. when NEWMAC foe Coast Guard comes to town, also coinciding with senior day, where the eight graduating seniors will be honored. Wheaton will travel to Babson earlier that same day.