No. 13 Women’s Soccer Blanks Mount Holyoke, 6-0

No. 13 Women’s Soccer Blanks Mount Holyoke, 6-0

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 13 MIT 6, Mount Holyoke College 0

- Records: No. 13 MIT (12-0-0, 4-0-0 NEWMAC); Mount Holyoke College (2-8-1, 0-4-0 NEWMAC)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium)

- The Lead: The No. 13 nationally-ranked MIT women's soccer team used six goals scored by five different student-athletes to defeat Mount Holyoke College by a 6-0 final in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest on Friday night under the lights in Cambridge.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- MIT nearly got on the board just 10:30 into the game when sophomore Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.) ripped a shot off the crossbar, but just over a minute later the Engineers were able to register their first goal of the game. Senior Jacqueline Simmons (Houston, Texas) lined a ball into the upper corner of the net on a pass by junior Hailey Nichols (Boulder, Colo.) for the 1-0 lead on Simmons' second goal of the season.

- Less than seven minutes later, MIT doubled its lead when Allie Werner (Tyler, Texas) registered her second goal of the year on a feed by junior Amy Apostol (Los Gatos, Calif.) 18:37 into the game as the Engineers took a 2-0 lead into the break.

- The 13th-ranked Engineers put the game away in the second stanza when they scored four goals in a span of 19 minutes midway through the half. Nichols headed in her fourth goal of the year off a corner kick by Berzolla in the 47th minute, Apostol notched her sixth of the year on a pass by junior Allie Hrabchak (Princeton, N.J.) in the 53rd minute, Werner posted her second of the game and third of the season on an unassisted goal in the 57th minute and senior Olivia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) closed the scoring for MIT in the 66th minute when she fired the ball off a throw in by classmate Jillian Dressler (Harrison, N.Y.).

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- MIT tied the program record this week as the Engineers are ranked No. 13 in the United Soccer Coaches Division III national poll. This is the highest in which MIT has been ranked since September 24, 2013. Additionally, MIT is No. 7 in the latest D3Soccer.com poll

- With its 12th win of the season, the Engineers tied the longest unbeaten streak in program history which was set by the 2013 and 2014 teams. A win or a tie against No. 4 Williams College on Sunday would break this record.

- MIT held a 51-1 margin in shots and a 10-0 differential in corner kicks. With stats dating back to the 2011 campaign, the 51 shots taken tonight marks the most in that span. The only other time that the Engineers took more shots was when they registered 45 against Coast Guard on October 20, 2012.

- MIT keeper Lily Mueller (Lakeville, Minn.) who played the opening 45 minutes of the contest moved to 11-0 this fall for the Engineers, while classmate Chris Sacha (Mount Pleasant, S.C.) played the second 45 minutes in her sixth appearance of the season. The MIT duo combined for the team's fifth clean sheet of the season. Mount Holyoke keeper Amanda Manaster registered a career-high 20 saves in net for the Lyons.

- The Engineers now hold a 22-8-5 margin in the all-time series against Mount Holyoke which dates back to 1985. Additionally, MIT has not dropped a game to the Lyons since the 2003 campaign.

UP NEXT:

- MIT heads to No. 4 Williams College for a matchup between the top-two teams in New England on Sunday, October 8 at 12:30 p.m., while Mount Holyoke welcomes Clark University for a NEWMAC match on Tuesday, October 10 at 6:00 p.m. in its next contest.

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