- Score: MIT 5, Clark University 0
- Records: MIT (11-3-0, 4-1-0 NEWMAC), Clark University (7-4-1, 1-3-0 NEWMAC)
- Location: Worcester, Mass. (Granger Soccer Turf)
- The Lead: The MIT women's soccer team used five different goal scorers including a four point day from freshman Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.) to cruise past Clark University, 5-0, extending their winning streak to seven and shutout streak to six games on Saturday afternoon in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action at the Granger Soccer Turf Field.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Berzolla registered her first assist of the afternoon when she took a corner kick from the left side in the 19th minute and found the head of sophomore Hailey Nichols (Boulder, Colo.), who put the ball in the top half of the net for the early 1-0 lead. For Nichols, it was her second goal of the season and of her collegiate career.
- Freshman Claire O'Callaghan (Sherborn, Mass.) notched her third goal of the season when she received the ball from classmate Allie Werner (Tyler, Texas), who tallied her first collegiate point on the assist. O'Callaghan drove down the field and fired the ball into the bottom left side of the goal to take a 2-0 lead into the break.
- The Engineers wasted no time extending their lead in the second stanza as Berzolla found the back of the net on a misplayed ball by Clark goalkeeper Julianna Christy just 27-seconds into the half, while sophomore Allie Hrabchak (Princeton, N.J.) tallied her first goal of the season when Berzolla sent a cross towards her feet and planted the ball into the right side of the goal to extend MIT's lead to 4-0.
- A corner kick taken by sophomore Sarah DiIorio (Scotch Plains, N.J.) set up the Engineers final score of the game. At the 85:57 mark of the game, DiIorio found the feet of O'Callaghan and in turn was sent to the head of freshman Montana Reilly (Los Angeles, Calif.), who finished the goal – her fifth of the season – leaving the win in the hands of MIT, 5-0.
BEHIND THE NUMBERS:
- MIT senior netminder Lauren Ullmann (Princeton, N.J.) registered her sixth consecutive shutout – tying a team record – and her seventh clean sheet of the year with three saves in net as her record moves to 11-3-0 on the season, while Christy (7-4-1) stopped the ball 11 times for the Cougars in a complete game. Ullmann now hasn't allowed a goal over the past 609:03 minutes which spans over seven games.
- The Engineers held a 24-5 advantage in shots and an 8-3 differential in corner kicks.
- Berzolla notched her first multi-point game of her collegiate career as she added three to her total with a goal and a pair of assists.
- In a very balanced attack by MIT, four Engineers took three shots towards net this afternoon including Berzolla, Hrabchak, Reilly and sophomore Amy Apostol (Los Gatos, Calif.).
- MIT improves to 15-16-1 in the all-time series against Clark, which dates back to the second year of the program back in 1986.
- MIT has a quick turnaround as the Engineers will head to defending national champion and No. 1/4 nationally ranked Williams College at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow afternoon, while Clark is off until Tuesday, October 11th when the Cougars host Springfield College in a NEWMAC match beginning at 6:00 p.m.