BOSTON, Mass. - Senior Michaelann Rodriguez (Florence, Ala.) scored the lone goal of the day to lead the #15 ranked MIT women's soccer team to a well-fought victory against Simmons College on Monday evening, after the game was rescheduled from Sunday afternoon due to thunderstorms. The Engineers, who opened their season this past weekend, are now 1-1, while the Sharks dipped to 0-1.
MIT played aggressively right from the beginning of the game. Junior Ambika Krishnamachar (Darien, Conn.) led the charge against goalkeeper Briana Hayes by taking four shots at the net within three and a half minutes, all but one of them being threatening enough to force Hayes out of the box. Tech took 11 more shots throughout the first half, with five of them being knocked out by the keeper. With neither team able to score, the game went into the second period with a tied score of 0-0.
Just two minutes after returning to the field, MIT broke the stalemate as Rodriguez collected the ball on the right side and drilled a high shot past Hayes to take the lead. Simmons was close to tying the game when Greer Gilbert shot a long ball from the left side and hit the cross bar but, after a scramble in front of the MIT net, the Cardinal and Gray were able to clear the ball free of the cage and maintain their 1-0 lead.
Both the Engineers and the Sharks had a handful of opportunities to score a goal but were thwarted by the defense on the opposing team. Freshman Tamar Weseley (Weston, Conn.), in her first appearance in net this season, was tested multiple times but was able to successfully defend MIT's goal. Sophomore Zara Perumal (Poway, Calif.) and freshman Kathleen Chen (Chappaqua, N.Y.) took shots at goal within a minute of each other, both of which were blocked by Hayes. With neither team able to get past the opposing defense, the game ended with an Engineers' victory.
Tech outshot the Sharks 29-15 and only had to make five saves, compared to the 16 that were made solely by Hayes in Simmons' net. Freshman Lauren Ullmann (Princeton, N.J.) earned her first win of the season in goal, spending 45 minutes in the cage and making two saves. Weseley also spent 45 minutes in goal and made three saves.
MIT will face Worcester State University tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. at its first home game of the season. Live stats and video will be available.