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September 4, 2018

Groff's Historic Hat Trick Leads No. 13 MIT to 7-0 Win at Worcester State

THE BASICS:

Score: No. 13 MIT 7, Worcester State University 0

Records: No. 13 MIT (1-1-1), Worcester State University (0-2-0)

Location: Worcester, Mass. (John Coughlin Memorial Field)

The Lead: MIT freshman Karenna Groff (Weston, Mass.) scored three consecutive goals in a span of 51-seconds, the second fastest student-athlete to accomplish that in NCAA Division III women's soccer history, to lead the Engineers to their first win of 2018. At the end of 90 minutes, the score read 7-0 in favor of MIT over Worcester State in a non-conference match on Tuesday night.

Scoring Summary: 

- 18th minute (17:34) - Senior Amy Apostol (Los Gatos, Calif.) fed the ball to Groff in front of the net to give the Engineers an early 1-0 lead.

- 19th minute (18:05) - Junior Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.) passed the ball down the left side of the field to the feet of Groff who drilled the ball into the upper right corner of the net from 30 yards out. 

- 19th minute (19:25) - Groff rocketed the ball into the upper half of the net to record her first collegiate hat trick and her first collegiate multi-goal game. 

- 36th minute (35:19) - MIT junior Allie Werner (Tyler, Texas) notched her first goal of the year on a short through ball from freshman Jessica Sonner (Naperville, Ill.) to put the Engineers up 5-0.

- 40th minute (39:48) - The Engineers would get one more in the first half. This time it was junior Lily Bailey (Danver, Mass.), who scored off a feed by senior Sarah DiIorio (Scotch Plains, N.J.). 

- 61st minute (60:89) - Freshman Anna Weinstein (Greenwood Village, Colo.) registered her first collegiate goal on a great low cross via sophomore Kiara Wahnschafft (Winchester, Mass.).

- 80th minute (79:58) - DiIorio capped the scoring for MIT as she put home her first goal of the season and just the second of her career off a pass by junior Claire O'Callaghan (Sherborn, Mass.).

Inside the Numbers:

- Groff now ranks second all-time in NCAA Division III women's soccer history on the list of student-athletes who have scored three consecutive goals the fastest. The current record holder is Mallory Koula of Lawrence who scored three against Beloit in 42-seconds on October 15, 2011.

- As a team, MIT now sits tied for sixth across all three divisions with three consecutive goals in the shortest amount of time. The current record holder is Rollins of Division II (16-seconds) and is followed by Division III Webster (35-seconds), Division II Wheeling Jesuit (40-seconds), Division III Lawrence (42-seconds) and Division II Kentucky Wesleyan (48-seconds). MIT is tied with Division I Notre Dame, which scored three consecutive goals in 51-seconds back on October 23, 2005, and Division III Mount Saint Vincent, which scored three straight in 51-seconds on Septembet 6, 2014.

- MIT outshot Worcester State by a 30-6 margin and took eight corner kicks compared to the Lancers one.

- MIT starting goalkeeper Lily Mueller (Lakeville, Minn.) did not make a save in the first half but picked up the win to move to 1-1-1 this fall. Sophomore Riley Terando (Folsom, Calif.) played the second half and made three saves to close the game.

Up Next: 

- MIT has a quick turnaround as the Engineers will host Lesley University tomorrow afternoon in Cambridge at 4:00 p.m. This game will be played as the front end of a doubleheader with the men's team playing at 7:00 p.m. against UMass Dartmouth. Both contests will be non-conference matchups for the respective teams.

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