Women's Soccer Records Longest Shutout Streak in Program History With 3-0 Win Over Smith

Photo by David Vapnek
Photo by David Vapnek

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 11 MIT 3, Smith College 0

- Records: No. 11 MIT (7-1-2, 2-0-0 NEWMAC); Smith College (5-4-1, 1-1-0 NEWMAC)

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

- The Lead: Three second half goals lifted the No. 11 nationally-ranked MIT women's soccer team to a 3-0 win over Smith College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play today in Cambridge. The Engineers posted its seventh consecutive clean sheet breaking the longest shutout streak in program history.

SCORING SUMMARY:

- 71st minute (70:36) - Sophomore Karenna Groff (Weston, Mass.) registered her fifth goal of the season after she finished a short cross from senior Sophia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) at the top of the box.

- 78th minute (77:19) - First-year Stephanie Howe (Geneva, Ill.) notched her first goal of the season and of her collegiate career as she rocketed the ball from 30 yards out into the top right corner of the net.

- 87th minute (86:03) - Senior Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.) tallied her seventh goal of the season which tied her career-high single season mark after she blasted a corner kick from 25 yards out into the back of the net.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- MIT earned its highest ranking in program history in this week's United Soccer Coaches Division III National Poll as the Engineers currently sit at No. 11 in the country. This mark tops the previous highest ranking of No. 12, which came at the conclusion of the 2017 season. MIT is also ranked 12th in the latest D3Soccer.com National Poll.

- The scoreless draw extends MIT's shutout streak to seven, which broke the program record set by both the 2014 team and the 2016 edition of the Engineers. It also extends MIT's unbeaten streak at home, which now stands at 42 and its unbeaten streak in NEWMAC regular season matches to 30.

- First-year keeper Lauren Castle (Ridgefield, Conn.) earned her first collegiate win and first collegiate shutout as she made one save in 90 minutes for the Engineers. Naomi Falkenberg and Noemi Howland (2-3-1) split time evenly for the Pioneers and combined for 10 saves the in the loss.

- MIT outshot Smith 26-2 and held an 11-3 advantage in corner kicks as nine of MIT's shots came via Groff.

UP NEXT:

- MIT wraps up its five match homestand with a non-conference contest against Worcester State University on Tuesday, October 1 at 4:00 pm.

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