Women’s Soccer Takes Road Match at Emmanuel, 6-1

Courtesy of Frank Poulin
Courtesy of Frank Poulin

THE BASICS: 

- Score: MIT 6, Emmanuel College 1 

- Records: MIT (4-0), Emmanuel College (0-4) 

- Location: Boston, Mass. (Roberto Clemente Field)

- The Lead: The MIT women's soccer team remained undefeated this fall and moved to 4-0 with a 6-1 non-conference win over the Saints of Emmanuel College on Thursday evening in Boston. MIT used four first half goals, including two from junior Allie Hrabchak (Princeton, N.J.) to secure the victory.

HOW IT HAPPENED: 

- MIT got on the board first just 3:01 into the match as Hrabchak registered her team-leading third goal of the season on a feed by sophomore Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.). Nine minutes later, the duo connected once again as Hrabchak notched her fourth goal of the year. With two assists tonight, Berzolla now has three on the season to lead the Engineers. 

- Prior to the time expiring on the first half clock, the Engineers doubled their advantage from 2-0 to 4-0 to put the game out of reach minutes before the halftime horn sounded. At the 22:17 mark, junior Amy Apostol (Los Gatos, Calif.) found the feet of senior Olivia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) for MIT's third goal - Struckman's second goal of the season - and with 4:23 to play sophomore Allie Werner (Tyler, Texas) notched her first goal of the year to give MIT the 4-0 advantage.

- After the teams changed attacking ends, Emmanuel found its first goal of the game when Emma Johnson fed the ball to Rachel Prevost to cut the deficit to three at 4-1, 12:39 into the second half.

- With less than eight minutes to play, the Engineers added two more goals to improve to 4-0 this year. At the 82:16 mark, junior Selin Selman (New Rochelle, N.Y.) potted MIT's fifth goal of the game and her first of the season and with seconds remaining Werner connected with freshman Brittany Sacks (Calabasas, Calif.) as MIT won by a 6-1 final score. For Sacks, tonight's goal marked the first score and point of her collegiate career.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- MIT keeper Lily Mueller (Lakeville, Md.) improved to 4-0 in between the pipes for the Engineers as she played the opening 45 minutes, while junior Chris Sacha (Mount Pleasant, S.C.) made one save in relief in the second half. Emmanuel starter Alexis Gawron moved to 0-3, but tied a season high with nine saves for the Saints. Victoria Laroche came off the bench to make a pair of saves for the hosts over the final 45 minutes.

- The Engineers held 25-8 advantage in shots and a 5-0 margin in corner kicks, while the Saints made 11 saves compared to MIT's one in tonight's game.

- With the win tonight, MIT has started the season 4-0 for the fourth time in program history as the Engineers accomplished the feat previously in 1991, 1993 and 2014.

- The Engineers have also scored at least three goals in its first four games – combining for 18 goals over the stretch to average 4.50 goals per game which ranks 32nd in the country.

- In the all-time series with Emmanuel which dates back to 1997, MIT is now 11-0-0 in games between the Saints and the Engineers. 

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns home for its fifth match of the young season on Saturday as the Engineers will take on Thomas College in non-conference action at 1:00 p.m., while Emmanuel travels to Anna Maria College for its first Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) match of the year the same day with kickoff slated for 2:30 p.m.

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