- Score: MIT 3, Worcester State University 1
- Records: MIT (1-1); Worcester State University (1-2)
- Location: Worcester, Mass. (John Coughlin Stadium)
- The Lead: The MIT women's soccer team earned its first victory of the season as the Engineers topped Worcester State, 3-1, in non-conference action on Tuesday evening at John Coughlin Stadium. With the win, head coach Martin Desmarais earned his 100th career victory at the helm of the MIT women's soccer program.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- MIT was the first to get on the scoreboard in the ninth minute. Sophomore Amy Apostol (Los Gatos, Calif.) gathered the ball off a Worcester State throw in at the 30-yard and found freshman Montana Reilly (Los Angeles, Calif.) on a beautiful through ball as she was driving into the box. Reilly buried the ball into the bottom right corner of the net for the early 1-0 lead and the first goal of her collegiate career.
- Just three minutes later, at the 12:31 mark, freshman Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.) drilled a bouncing ball into the box off of a corner kick. Sophomore Selin Selman (New Rochelle, N.Y.) found the loose ball and fired it into the net from about the 15-yard line for the 2-0 advantage.
- Worcester State was able to cut the deficit in half with 3:37 remaining on the first half clock when MIT failed to get the ball into its own zone. Junior Beth Spinazzola took control of the ball at midfield and drove it towards freshman Skylar Alves, who was standing inside the box waiting for the ball. Alves beat the defender and trickled a shot that bounced off the far goal post and back into the net, making the score 2-1 with MIT still out in front headed to the break.
- Apostol added the all-important insurance goal at the 72:40 mark of the game when she gathered the ball at the 30-yard line, dribbled through the defense and lined a shot from the 15-yard line that went through the keeper's hands and into the back left corner of the net for the 3-1 lead.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- MIT senior goalkeeper Lauren Ullmann (Princeton, N.J.) stopped the ball three times en route to her first win of the season, improving to 1-1 in between the pipes.
- Head coach Martin Desmarais earned his 100th win with the Engineers this evening. Since being appointed the leader of the MIT women's soccer team back in 2008, Desmarais has totaled a record of 100-39-25, a 54-12-9 record in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play and has brought a pair of NEWMAC Championships and four straight NEWMAC Regular Season Championships back to Cambridge.
- The Engineers outshot the Lancers by a 30-5 margin and held a 5-1 differential in corner kicks.
- Reilly's goal was the first of her collegiate career, while Apostol and Selman notched their first goals of the 2016 campaign.
- MIT returns to Cambridge for its home opener on Thursday, September 8th against non-conference foe Emmanuel College (Mass.) at 7:00 p.m. from Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium. Worcester State heads across town to face-off against Clark University in an out of league contest on Saturday, September 10th beginning at 12:00 p.m