Back-to-Back Goals in First 9 Minutes Leads Women’s Soccer to 2-0 win over Mount Holyoke

Senior Michaelann Rodriguez
Senior Michaelann Rodriguez

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – With two goals scored just 40 seconds apart in the first nine minutes of play, #20 MIT women's soccer defeated Mount Holyoke College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game by a score of 2-0 on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers are now 6-2-2 and 2-1 in conference play, while the Lyons dipped to 5-6 and 0-3 in NEWMAC action.

Eight and a half minutes into the first half, senior Michaelann Rodriguez (Florence, Ala.) sank the ball in the back of the net after receiving a cross from sophomore Morgan Moroi (New Albany, Ohio). Rodriguez, with her five goals, has been the lead goal scorer for the Engineers since the start of the season, scoring the game-winning goals against both Simmons (9/02) and Worcester State (9/03). Exactly 40 seconds later, junior Ambika Krishnamachar (Darien, Conn.) scored her second goal of the season following a cross from senior Rachel Dias Carlson (Albany, N.Y.). Dias Carlson leads MIT with her five assists.

The remaining 30 minutes of the half were not quite as fast-paced. Mount Holyoke keeper Zoe Marshall made three saves, and freshman goalie Lauren Ullmann (Princeton, N.J.) saved two shots, a header by Ashleigh Hartsock at the 21 minute mark and one fired by Sana Barclay directly before the period was over.

In the conference, Ullmann currently sits in first in save percentage (.911), third in saves (51), tied for third in goals against (5) and third in goals against average (.67). Krishnamachar is first in shots with 52.

Freshman Hannah Zlotnick (Rochester, N.Y.) replaced Ullmann for the second half, making her first collegiate appearance in net. During those remaining 45 minutes, Marshall was kept busy in the opposing net, making four saves within a span of four minutes, two of which were sent by junior Michelle Battipaglia (Katonah, N.Y.). Sophomore Amma Okwara (Charlotte, N.C.) got her foot on the ball, sending it flying at the net but was thwarted by Marshall. With one more shot by Moroi that was saved by Marshall and two by Krishnamachar, the first of which hit the crossbar, the game ended with an MIT victory.

MIT took 24 shots, 10 of which had to be saved by Marshall, while the Engineers' defense held the Lyons to just two shots that were both taken in the first half and both were saved by Ullmann, who is now 6-2-2 in net. During her first appearance in net, Zlotnick did not have to make a single save. Krishnamachar led Tech with her seven shots and was followed closely by Moroi with five.

The Engineers will return to action on Tuesday, Oct. 5 when they host NEWMAC rival Wheaton College at 4:00 p.m.