GORHAM, Maine -- Three goals in a span of less than four minutes late in the second half proved to be the difference as MIT defeated the University of Southern Maine, 4-1, in a non-conference women's soccer match Saturday afternoon at the USM Soccer Field.
The win was the second straight for the Engineers and evens their overall record at 2-2-0. The Huskies fall to 0-4 on the season.
Leading 1-0 on a goal by senior Katie Pesce (Chattanooga, Tenn.) in the fifth minute, the Engineers blew the match wide open with three scores in a span of 3:41. Freshman Emily Kuo (Chicago, Ill.) made it 2-0 in the 78th minute with a 10-yard shot past USM sophomore goalkeeper Kat Rothe (Leeds, Maine/Leavitt Area) for an unassisted goal..
Sophomore Alisha Lussiez (Livonia, Mich.) and freshman Merricka Livingstone (Palm Bay, Fla.) each scored unassisted goal in the 81st minute to put the game away.
Southern Maine got a goal in the 89th minute as junior Chelsea Norton (Westbrook, Maine) served a free kick to the top of the 18-yard box where it bounced over an MIT defender and onto the foot of sophomore Bridget FitzGerald (Concord, N.H.). FitzGerald placed her 12-yard shot to the left of junior Katy Olesnavage (Ferndale, Mich.) for her first goal of the season.
Olesnavage and freshman Meghan Wright (Devon, Penn.) split the goalkeeper chores for MIT, each playing a half. Wright did not record a save in the first half while Olesnavage had three stops in the second half. Rothe was credited with five saves.
MIT had a 19-6 edge in shots taken and an 11-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Southern Maine returns to action on Tuesday (4:00 p.m.) when it hosts the University of Maine Farmington. MIT will host the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Tuesday (4:00 p.m.).