Women’s Soccer Engineers 3-1 Win over Smith

Sophomore Priyanka Gaur, Senior Rachel Dias Carlson
Sophomore Priyanka Gaur, Senior Rachel Dias Carlson

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – No. 19 MIT women's soccer got a pair of late goals to take a 3-1 win over Smith College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) away game on a blue-skied Saturday afternoon. Tech improved to 9-2-3 on the season and remains ranked first in the conference with a record of 5-1-1. The Pioneers dipped to 4-7-2 and 2-3-1 in league action.

The Engineers tested Smith keeper Alanna Lynch early in the first half, forcing her to make four saves before the ball made its way down to freshman goalie Lauren Ullmann (Princeton, N.J.) in MIT's net. After a few minutes of the ball switching possession repeatedly, Tech got on the board when junior Elena Gianotas (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) sent in a corner kick that was fired into the back of the net by freshman Victoria Gregory (Syracuse, N.Y.) for a 1-0 lead that would last into the break.

Smith responded 20 minutes into the second half, scoring the equalizer when Innis Hitt played a low corner kick and Jordan Houston sent it past freshman keeper Tamar Weseley (Weston, Conn.), who was replacing Ullmann in the cage. It did not take long for the Engineers to regain the lead when a defensive mix up three minutes later left the ball for junior Jessica Ong (Oklahoma City, Okla.), who quickly deposited it in the net for her second goal of the season.

In the 80th minute, Tech scored its third goal of the game when Smith was whistled for a handball in the penalty area and senior Rachel Dias Carlson (Albany, N.Y.) scored her third goal of the season off a penalty kick. With one more save by Lynch, the game ended with an MIT victory.

MIT outshot Smith, 14-8. Ullmann made one save in the first half while Weseley, who earned the win and is now 2-0 for the season, had three saves. Lynch totaled six saves throughout the game.

Tech will host its final non-conference matchup of the season on Tuesday, Oct. 22 when Salem State University arrives for a 4:00 p.m. game. The Engineers will host their final home game of the regular season on Saturday, Oct. 26 against Babson College, who is currently fifth in the NEWMAC standings, at 1:00 p.m.