M.I.T. Rolls Past USM 9-0

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(Courtesy of MIT Sports Information)

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            CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Junior Alisha Lussiez scored twice within a ten-minute span in the first half, and added a third goal after halftime, as the MIT Engineers women's soccer team rolled to a 9-0 victory over the University of Southern Maine Saturday afternoon at Roberts Field.

            The Engineers improve their record to 3-1-0 on the season. The Huskies dropped their second straight to fall to 1-4-0

            With MIT already leading 1-0, Lussiez slid to tip home a pass from Lauren Hernley in the eighth minute, and then converted a turnover inside of the box less than ten minutes later, slamming the ball high to the goalkeeper's right. Lussiez completed the hat trick in the 53rd minute, cleaning up an easy rebound at point-blank range.

            Lauren Hernley got the scoring started in the sixth minute, finding the back of the net with her head off of a corner kick.  MIT added a fourth goal before the half when freshman Rachel Dias Carlson converted a loose ball that was ruled to have crossed the goal line before coming back into play.

            Emily Kuo scored her first two goals of the season in a second half flurry. The sophomore forward netted in the 52nd and 56th minutes, sandwiching Lussiez's hat-trick tally. Freshman substitute Michaelann Rodriguez netted goals in the 69th and 84th minutes to complete the one-sided affair.

            MIT goalie Meghan Wright, who collected her second shutout of the year, recorded three saves. USM juniors Bridget FitzGerald and Tara Moore each played a half in goal and combined to make 12 saves.  MIT rolled up a 36-4 advantage in shots and a 7-0 edge in corner kicks during the match.

            The Engineers travel to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Tuesday before starting their NEWMAC schedule. The Huskies will travel to the University of Maine Farmington on Tuesday (4:00 p.m.).