- Score: No. 13 MIT 5, Lesley University 1
- Records: No. 13 MIT (2-1-1), Lesley University (2-1-0)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Steinbrenner Stadium)
- The Lead: Behind a pair of goals from junior Sophia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and another solid performance in net by senior Lily Mueller (Lakeville, Minn.) the No. 13 MIT women's soccer team rolled to a 5-1 non-conference win against Lesley University on Wednesday afternoon in Cambridge.
- 2nd minute (1:59) – Junior Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.) found Struckman driving towards the net as she passed it directly to her feet. Struckman shot the ball into the lower left corner of the net for the early lead and her second goal of the campaign.
- 36th minute (35:42) – Freshman Grace Xiong (Princeton, N.J.) registered her first collegiate goal on a rocket from the 20-yard line. Xiong took one step once she received the ball from classmate Jessica Sonner (Naperville, Ill.) in the middle of the field.
- 54th minute (53:53) – Senior Shannon Miller (Pittsford, N.Y.) notched her first goal of the year on an unassisted strike from the top of the box.
- 55th minute (54:19) – Just 26-seconds later, Struckman fired the ball off the goalkeeper's gloves and into the back left corner off a nice pass via Montana Reilly (Los Angeles, Calif.).
- 70th minute (69:31) – MIT upped its lead to 5-0 when junior Chessa Hoekstra (Portland, Maine) played the ball off a headed pass by Claire O'Callaghan (Sherborn, Mass.) and scored her first goal of 2018.
- 77th minute (76:02) – Lesley got its first goal off a penalty kick from Samantha Bessy.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Struckman, who now has a career-high three goals, registered the first multi-goal game of her career this afternoon.
- First collegiate points came from Xiong and Sonner in today's game.
- Mueller improved to 2-1-1 in between the pipes for MIT as she made three saves in 90 minutes. Jill Narby (2-1) took the loss with six saves on 11 shots for Lesley.
- MIT is now 5-1-2 all-time against Lesley and has won each of the last four matchups against its crosstown foes.
- MIT returns to the pitch on Saturday with another home match as the Engineers host Bridgewater State University for a non-conference contest beginning at 1:00 p.m.