Women's Soccer's Upset Bid Derailed by Late MIT Goal

Lindsey Grasis

Worcester, MA --- Rachel Dias Carlson netted the only goal of the game in the 84th minute to propel regionally-ranked MIT to a hard earned 1-0 NEWMAC road win against WPI in a women's soccer contest Tuesday evening.  

MIT, ranked eighth in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) New England poll is now 7-1-2 overall and 2-0-2 in NEWMAC play.  WPI, who has now lost four contests this fall to regionally ranked foes, slips to 2-9-1 on the season and 0-3-1 in conference action. 

Dias Carlson dented the scoring column when she headed home a corner kick off the foot of Samantha Fleischman (Eastchester, NY) just past the outstretched hands of WPI goalkeeper Maddie Willer (Penfield, NY) at 83:07. 

Cambridge's Engineers nearly broke the scoreless deadlock 11 minutes earlier but Willer made a pointblank stop on an Ashley Peter (Manhassett, NY) bid and a Jessica Ong (Oklahoma City, OK) rebound attempt was cleared off the line by Kelly Ames (Glastonbury, CT).  MIT nearly extended its advantage in with just over two minutes left by Leslie Meyer's (Brownsburg, IN) header sailed wide.

WPI's best scoring chance came in the 55th minute on a corner kick but MIT netminder Meghan Wright (Devon, PA) batted the ball out of danger.  Lindsey Grasis (East Brookfield, MA) rattled off a pair of shots in the final minutes as the hosts attempted to force overtime but both attempts were repelled by Wright.

Wright recorded six saves on the night en route to her sixth shutout in the last seven games.  Willer made eight stops for the Crimson and Gray. 

For the match, MIT enjoyed a 17-7 edge in shots and took six of the contest's seven corner kicks. 

Both teams are on the road Saturday for NEWMAC contests versus regionally-ranked opponents.  WPI heads to sixth-ranked Springfield for a 2:30pm matchup while MIT ventures to Norton for a 1pm showdown with third-ranked Wheaton.