CAMBRIDGE - Tufts University women's soccer faced off against the undefeated MIT Engineers this afternoon on Roberts Field in Steinbrenner Stadium. MIT junior forward Amy Apostol scored twice for the 15th-ranked women's soccer team as the Engineers edged the Jumbos, 2-1, in a non-conference battle.
|Jenna Troccoli records her second assist of the season|
With the victory, MIT moved to 10-0-0 this season which has tied the longest win streak in program history. The Engineers are ranked No. 15 in the latest United Soccer Coaches Division III national poll and No. 7 in the latest D3Soccer.com national poll. The Jumbos' first loss of the season brings their overall record to 3-1-3.
MIT had its first chance to open the scoring just 2:18 into the contest when a header from freshman Maya Nielan bounced off the post on a corner kick from Emily Berzolla. Just nine minutes later, the Engineers found the back of the net when Apostol stole the ball at the top of the box, drove towards the goal and rocketed the ball into the upper right corner of the net for the 1-0 lead.
Tufts attempted to answer later in the first half with only five minutes left to play, the Jumbo offense took two shots on net but MIT goalkeeper Lily Mueller stood her ground and kept the Jumbos scoreless headed into the break.
MIT doubled its lead 12:11 into the second half after sophomore Lily Bailey cleared the ball down field to Apostol, who took the ball, drove past two defenders and lifted the ball into the upper half of the net. For Apostol, it was her fifth goal of the season and for Bailey it was her first collegiate point and assist.
Less than 10 minutes later, at the 64:40 mark of the contest, Tufts cut the deficit back to one when sophomore Jenna Troccoli sent a short pass to freshman Sophie Lloyd who was positioned at the top of the box. Lloyd collected the pass and sent her fourth goal of the season into the upper right corner of the goal. After the score, MIT's defense held strong only allowing one Jumbo shot for the remainder of the contest.
The Jumbos held a 13-9 advantage in shots and a 4-1 differential in corner kicks.
Jumbo goalkeeper Emily Bowers (3-1-3) made four saves and MIT's Mueller (9-0-0) made a career-high six saves in the win.
MIT will be on the road traveling to Clark University on Friday, September 29 at 7 p.m. Tufts will be playing again on Saturday, September 30 at 12 p.m. at Amherst College.
Parts of this release courtesy of MIT
Written by Colin Mason, Athletic Communications Intern