MIT Holds Off Late Soccer Charge, 4-2

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Oct. 25, 2008) - Led by first year Alisha Lussiez, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology women's soccer team downed New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC foe Mount Holyoke College 4-2 today at Roberts Field. Lussiez recorded a goal and two assists for the Engineers.

Playing in front of its largest crowd of the season, MIT scored in the 12th minute to grab an early advantage in the pivotal Conference tilt. Lussiez set up the finish with a pass to sophomore Edith Reshef, who converted her second goal of the season to put the hosts in front 1-0. MIT extended its lead in the 30th minute, as Lussiez delivered a great through ball that was picked up by sophomore Claire DeRosa, who delivered her first goal of the fall.

Mount Holyoke applied some pressure late in the first half. Sophomore midfielder Yuko Takahashi nearly got the guests on the board, but MIT goalkeeper Stephanie Brenman denied her shot with a great save.

The Lyons sliced the deficit in half in the 62nd minute, when junior Perry Markell found the net for the third time this season. Her goal, which came from just outside the box, rejuvenated the Mount Holyoke attack and set the stage for a wild finish.

Although the visitors had several chances to knock home the equalizer, MIT created some breathing room in the 73rd minute, when Katie Pesce tallied her first marker of the season. Pesce's blast from 35 yards out sailed over the head of Lyons junior goalkeeper Elaine Harvey and put the Engineers in front 3-1.

Refusing to give in, Mount Holyoke again cut the lead down to a single goal in the 85th minute. First year defender Emily Lomax notched her first collegiate goal off an assist from Takahashi.

With the Lyons once again searching for the equalizer, Lussiez sealed the victory by dribbling through two defenders en route to her team leading seventh goal of the season with 39 seconds remaining in regulation.

MIT (5-8-2, 3-3-2 NEWMAC) outshot Mount Holyoke 11-6. Brenman made three saves for the Engineers, while Harvey turned away six shots for the Lyons.

Mount Holyoke (5-11-0, 2-6-0 NEWMAC) will round out its regular season slate on Tuesday, when it hosts the Coast Guard Academy for a league tilt beginning at 4:30 p.m.