No. 17 MIT Downs Salem State, 5-0, in Non-Conference Action

No. 17 MIT Downs Salem State, 5-0, in Non-Conference Action

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 17 MIT 5, Salem State University 0

- Records: No. 17 MIT (5-1-1); Salem State University (1-4-0)

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

- The Lead: Powered by five second half goals, three of which came in a span of 3:47 seconds, the No. 17 ranked MIT women's soccer team defeated Salem State University, 5-0, on Tuesday afternoon in a non-conference matchup. 

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- MIT took 25 shots in the opening stanza but the Engineers were kept off the scoreboard as Salem State keeper Rebecca Sabino made 15 saves over the opening 45 minutes of action.

- The Engineers finally scored their first goal at the 54:10 mark as senior Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.) finished a short pass at the top of the box from classmate Sophia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) for her fifth goal of the season.

- Less than ten minutes later sophomore Karenna Groff (Weston, Mass.) deposited her fourth goal of the year into the top left corner of the net off a pass from senior Claire O'Callaghan (Sherborn, Mass.) for the 2-0 advantage.

- Then with 6:25 remaining in regulation, MIT scored three times in a span of 3:47 ending the match at 5-0 in favor of the Engineers. Struckman scored her second goal of the year off a free kick in the 84th minute, sophomore Emily Larson (Ankeny, Iowa) finished a cross from classmate Anna Weinstein (Greenwood Village, Colo.) in the 85th minute and first-year Savannah Lawrence (Tucker, Ga.) netted her first collegiate goal in the 88th minute.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: 

- For the third straight match, MIT held its opponent to just one shot over 90 minutes. The Engineers also did not allow Salem State to take a corner kick either. Meanwhile MIT compiled 42 shots and 12 corner kicks in the win. 

- MIT first-year keeper Lauren Castle (Ridgefield, Conn.) made one save over the opening 45 minutes and junior Riley Terando (Folsom, Calif.) picked up her first collegiate win as she played the second half for the Engineers. Sabino took the loss (1-4-0) for the Vikings but made 19 saves on 24 shots on goal in the effort.

- MIT has now held opponents scoreless in four plus matches, a stretch that spans 444:25 minutes.

- In the all-time series against Salem State, which dates back to 1985, MIT is now 12-7-3 in 22 matches between the clubs.

UP NEXT:

- MIT will open up New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday, September 21 with a home match against Wheaton College beginning at 1:00 pm.

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