NEW LONDON, Conn.-Junior Ambika Krishnamachar (Darien, Conn.) had a hand in all five of MIT's goals, scoring two and assisting on three, as the women's soccer team defeated Coast Guard by a score of 5-1 on a warm November Saturday. Tech improved to 13-2-3 on the season and 8-1-1 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play. With its win, MIT earned a share of the NEWMAC regular season title with Wheaton College and is the top seed and host heading into the Tournament. Coast Guard wrapped up the regular season at 6-10-2 and 3-5-2 in league action, gaining a bid for the upcoming NEWMAC Tournament for the first time in a decade.
MIT got on the board first when junior Ashley Peter (Manhasset, N.Y.) found herself wide open after taking a pass from Krishnamachar at the top of the 18-yard box and beat Coast Guard goalkeeper Holly Moore to the far side for an early 1-0 advantage for the Engineers. Tech was able to double its lead when Krishnamachar delivered the goal of the year in the 29th minute, getting around a defender and letting fly a high-arcing shot over the head and outstretched body of Moore.
The Engineers did not waste much time before scoring another. Just 14 seconds after the previous goal, Krishnamachar sent the ball to sophomore Morgan Moroi (Austin, Texas), who found the back of the net to give MIT a 3-0 lead. The Bears' Terry Netusil got Coast Guard on the board 11 minutes later when she was able to get the ball away from freshman keeper Lauren Ullmann (Princeton, N.J.) and shoot into an open net, sending the game into the second half with a score of 3-1.
Just over three minutes after returning to the field, the Engineers increased their lead, once again, when Krishnamachar scored her second of the game following a cross from Moroi, getting the ball past Moore, who slipped on the play, and buried her shot into the back of an empty net to give MIT a 4-1 lead. At the 68 minute mark, Tech scored yet another goal when sophomore Zara Perumal (Poway, Calif.) notched her first of the season when she headed the ball past Moore. Freshman goalie Tamar Weseley (Weston, Conn.) had to make two saves in the final few minutes before time elapsed before long.
The Engineers finished the match with a 17-6 advantage in shots. Moore wrapped things up with four saves, while Ullmann, who improved to 11-2-3 with the win, did not have to make a single save. Weseley recorded four saves throughout her time in net.
MIT, who will receive a bye into the semifinals of the NEWMAC Tournament, will play its first game on Saturday, Nov. 9. It will play the winner of the Wellesley/Babson matchup.