Krishnamachar's Goal Leads MIT Women's Soccer to 1-0 win over Emerson

Senior Ambika Krishnamachar
Senior Ambika Krishnamachar

BOSTON, Mass. - At its second to last regular season game, the MIT women's soccer team defeated New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) newcomer Emerson College by a score of 1-0 on a chilly Tuesday afternoon. Led by junior Ambika Krishnamachar (Darien, Conn.) who scored the lone goal of the game 24 minutes into the first period, the Engineers held the Lions to just four shots the entire game. Tech is now 12-2-3 and 7-1-1 in conference action, while Emerson fell to 7-10-1 and 2-6-1 in league play.

MIT quickly gained possession of the ball and, just three minutes into the first half, sophomore Zara Perumal (Poway, Calif.) started things off for the Engineers with her shot at net that had to be saved by keeper Allie Altman. Tech continued to fire the ball at Altman, taking three more shots before Emerson got its first touch.

At the 24 minute mark, following a cross from senior Rachel Dias Carlson (Albany, N.Y.), Krishnamachar weaved through the defense and shot to the top right corner of the net to give MIT the lead, notching her eighth goal of the season. The Lions took just one more shot, which went high of the net, before the period was over. Freshman goalie Lauren Ullmann (Princeton, N.J.) saw no action during the first 45 minutes, as both shots went high of the net.

Replacing Ullmann in net for the second half, as she has done for the majority of the games this season, was classmate Tamar Weseley (Weston, Conn.). Tech returned to the field just as aggressive as before, with a shot by senior Samantha Fleischmann (Eastchester, N.Y.) forcing Altman to make another save a few minutes after returning to the field. Weseley made her first save less than 10 minutes into the half when Mollie Coyne shot the ball directly at her.

Freshman Kathleen Chen (Chappaqua, N.Y.) gave MIT a good chance at its second goal with 10 minutes remaining, but Altman was able to make the save to prevent the Engineers from increasing their lead. Tech took a few more shots but none of real threat and the game ended.

MIT outshot the Lions, 18-4. Neither goalie had to make too many saves, with Altman tallying four and Weseley making one. Krishnamachar led the Engineers with her six shots.

The Cardinal and Gray will play its final regular season contest on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 1:00 p.m. when they travel to Connecticut to face the Coast Guard Academy. The first round of NEWMACs will take place three short days later. MIT and Wheaton College are currently tied for first in the conference with a record of 7-1-1.