Women’s Soccer Defeats WPI 6-0; Hopmans Earns First Hat Trick
Janine M. Hopmans ’08 enjoyed the first multi-goal effort of her career by supplying a hat trick as MIT women’s soccer topped Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 6-0, in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference’s annual battle of the Engineers. Fellow captain Amy S. Ludlum ’08 factored in five of Tech’s finishes in helping MIT improve to 6-1 at home this season.
MIT (9-4-0, 4-2-0) opened the scoring in the first minute of Saturday’s match as Jean E. “Liz” Theurer ’10 scored from 20 yards out on a high-arching shot set up by Ludlum. Theurer reciprocated in the 15th minute, delivering a clean pass to a cutting Ludlum, who slammed the ball home from eight yards out to secure her 16th goal of the campaign.
WPI (6-8-0, 2-4-0) was unable to sustain an attack against the MIT midfield, which played exceptionally well for most of the afternoon. In the 34th minute, the hometown Engineers moved in front, 3-0, on Hopmans’ first goal of the afternoon. Five minutes later, Hopmans connected on her second finish of the day after a great feed in the middle by Erica W. Little ’11. Ludlum, who set an MIT single-game record with four assists, set up Hopmans’ first score.
Lauren R. Hernley ’11 continued her terrific play in the midfield this year, scoring her fourth goal of the season in the 73rd minute as MIT broke open the second-half scoring. Off an assist from Ludlum, Hopmans capped the scoring in the 90th minute with a thunderous boot just in front of the WPI goal.
Stephanie V. Brenman ’09 picked up her fifth shutout victory of the season for the Cardinal and Gray after making three stops. Sophomore Elizabeth Glasson shouldered the loss for WPI, despite making three saves in one half of play. Nicole DeCampo and Abaigeal Caras split the goalkeeping duties in the second half.