SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - In the semifinals of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship, the No. 2 seeded MIT women's soccer team were eliminated from the tournament final after No. 3 Wheaton advanced in penalty kicks, 4-3, following a tied game of 1-1 in double overtime. Senior Emily Kuo (Chicago, Ill.) scored the lone MIT goal early in the first half, marking the 12th of her senior season and the 41st in her career.
The game started off in MIT's favor when, 16 minutes into the half, Kuo scored the first goal of the day, giving the Engineers a one goal lead over Wheaton. The Lyons were not able to even the score in the first half, taking only one shot that was saved by senior keeper Meghan Wright (Devon, Pa.). The Cardinal and Gray took three shots at net, two of which, sent by sophomore Ambika Krishnamachar (Darien, Conn.) and freshman Jennifer Ibanez (West Windsor, N.J.), were saved by goalie Taylor Wilson. The first 45 minute period ended with a score of1-0 in MIT's favor.
In the 53rd minute, Kristina Braga put Wheaton on the board when she closed the gap and tied up the game at 1-1. Both teams only shot at the net once, the ball switching possession too frequently for either squad to get close enough to the opposing box. Still tied at the end of the 90 minutes, the game went into overtime.
In the first overtime period, MIT took two shots, both by sophomore Faith OBrian (Raleigh, N.C.), one of which was saved by Wilson. With less than a minute remaining in the ten minute period, Cassey Muse fired the ball at the net, but was thwarted by Wright, who made an impressive dive to the right to save it. Wheaton outshot MIT, 2-0, in the final overtime period, forcing Wright to save one of them, but this did nothing to disrupt the tie. After playing for 110 minutes, the game moved to penalty kicks.
Lined up in the middle of the field next to the Wheaton players were seniors Kuo and Andrea Park (Irvine, Calif.), juniors Rachel Dias Carlson (Albany, N.Y.) and Samantha Fleischmann (Eastchester, N.Y.) and sophomore Elena Gianotas (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.). The Lyons took advantage of a missed MIT shot, scoring their fourth goal and ending the game with a score of 4-3. They will advance to the finals of the NEWMAC tournament tomorrow against host and No. 1 seeded Springfield.
The Engineers wrapped up their season with a record of 13-3-2.