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MIT Women's Soccer Wins 2009 NEWMAC Championship

MIT Women's Soccer Wins 2009 NEWMAC Championship

WELLESLEY, Mass. - The third-seeded MIT women's soccer team used an early second-half goal to take home the 2009 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament Championship.  The Engineers defeated fourth-seeded and defending Champion, Springfield College, 1-0, in the contest held on the campus of Wellesley College.

MIT's Alisha Lussiez (Livonia, MI) scored her second game-winning goal in as many days, giving MIT the NEWMAC Championship for the first time since 1989.  The sophomore was fed a pass from freshman Connie Park (Atlanta, GA) and knocked home the championship-winner just 11 minutes into the second half. 

Springfield opened up the game with an impressive offensive attack, outshooting MIT, 13-8.  However, Engineer goalkeeper Meghan Wright (Devon, PA) posted nine first half saves to keep the game scoreless.

The Pride had two early chances in the second half saved by Wright before Park and Lussiez hooked up for the MIT goal.  After the score, MIT had another opportunity off the foot of Lussiez, but her 75th-minute shot hit the post and the Engineer advantage remained 1-0.

Springfield connected for two shots on goal in the final minutes of the game, one from Sue Silva (Ludlow, MA) and another from Jackie Moscardelli (Weymouth, MA), but Wright saved both and earned her fourth shutout of the season.

The Pride's Hanna MacDougall (Warren, RI) tallied six saves in the loss, while MIT's Wright finished the game with 14 stops.

MIT improves their season reacord to 12-5-2 and advances to the NCAA tournament as the NEWMAC's automatic qualifier.  Springfield's record stands at 12-5-3, as the Pride await word on a post-season berth.