Women’s Soccer Blanks Thomas; Runs Win Streak To Five

Courtesy of David Silverman Photography
Courtesy of David Silverman Photography

THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 7, Thomas College (ME) 0

- Records: MIT (5-0); Thomas College (0-3)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium)

- The Lead: The MIT women's soccer team ran its win streak to five this afternoon as the Engineers blanked Thomas College, 7-0, in non-conference action at Steinbrenner Stadium.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- MIT opened the scoring in the 14th minute when Hailey Nichols (Boulder, Colo.) headed home her second goal of the year on a great corner kick by sophomore Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.) as the Engineers held an early 1-0 lead. MIT then scored twice in a span of 57-seconds in the 20th minute. Senior Julia Goupil (Los Altos, Calif.) rocketed in a left footed goal from about 20 yards out at 19:32 and then junior Allie Hrabchak (Princeton, N.J.) headed in her fifth goal of the season off a corner kick from Berzolla for the 3-0 advantage.

- The Engineers weren't done scoring in the opening stanza. At the 27:15 mark, sophomore Chessa Hoekstra (Portland, Maine) drove down the sideline and fired a shot into the upper right corner of the net for the 4-0 lead and then about four minutes later, freshman Kiara Wahnschafft (Winchester, Mass.) headed home her first collegiate goal on an excellent corner kick by junior Selin Selman (New Rochelle, N.Y.).

- The score would remain the same until the 80th minute when Hoekstra registered her second goal of the game on a through ball by junior Lucy Halperin (Seattle, Wash.) at midfield. MIT would add its seventh goal on junior Sarah DiIorio's (Scotch Plains, N.J.) first collegiate goal on a pass by Hoekstra.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- MIT's defense held Thomas to zero shots as junior Chris Sacha (Mount Pleasant, S.C.) got her first collegiate start and win (1-0-0) before freshman Riley Terando (Folsom, Calif.) played the final 27:46 and first minutes of her career in between the pipes. Terriers' keeper Kayla Gordon made ten saves in a complete game effort for the visitors.

- Today marked the first-ever meeting between MIT and Thomas College.

- MIT is off to its best start since 1991 when the Engineers rattled off six wins to start the campaign as they look to tie that mark against Roger Williams on Tuesday night.

- The Engineers outshot the Terriers by a 22-0 margin and held an 8-0 differential in corner kicks.

UP NEXT:

- MIT hits the road for its next contest as the Engineers head to Roger Williams University on Tuesday, September 12 for a 7:00 p.m. start, while Thomas returns home on Wednesday, September 13 for an out-of-league game with Maine rival Colby College at 5:30 p.m.

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