MIT Women's Soccer Ties Lesley in Double Overtime, 0-0, For Second Consecutive Year

Senior Ambika Krishnamachar
Senior Ambika Krishnamachar

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Traveling just a few minutes down the road to face fellow Cambridge rival Lesley University on Saturday afternoon, the #22 nationally ranked MIT women's soccer team tied the undefeated Lynx with a score of 0-0 in double overtime, after neither team was able to score during regulation. The Engineers are now 4-1-1 for the season, while the Lynx's record is 6-0-1. The last time MIT and Lesley met in September of 2012, the result of the face off was exactly the same.

Junior Michelle Battipaglia (Katonah, N.Y.) took initiative early in the first half, taking MIT's first three shots at goal, with two of them having to be saved by goalkeeper Jackie Berard and the other being blocked. During the first period, Battipaglia led the Engineers with four shots at net. Freshman goalie Lauren Ullmann (Princeton, N.J.)  saw just as much action as Berard, being brought out of the box six times to make saves.

With neither keeper allowing a goal during the first 45 minutes, the second period began with a tied score of 0-0. Battipaglia, once again, started the half with a shot, which went just wide of the net. The Engineers took five shots throughout the period, with only one kicked by freshman Annelise Steele (Greenwich, Conn.) having to be saved. Ullmann also only had to make one save and, because the scored was still tied, the game entered the first overtime period.

Four minutes into the first 10 minute overtime period, Ullmann had to save a shot taken by Marysol Flores and, three minutes later, junior Ambika Krishnamachar (Darien, Conn.) fired a shot at the goal, but was thwarted by Berard. With just one shot taken by each team and neither resulting in a goal, the second overtime period began.

In the 101st minute, junior Faith OBrian (Raleigh, N.C.) shot at the net but Berard was able to make the save. With time winding down quickly, Alexis Giusti and Flores took shots at the net just a minute apart but both were saved by Ullmann. In a last ditch effort, senior Samantha Fleischmann (Eastchester, Pa.) fired at replacement keeper Emilie Lloyd with nine seconds remaining on the clock, but the shot was saved. The game ended with a tie, the first for either team this season.

MIT were outshot 15-14, with Ullmann making 10 saves compared to Lesley's eight. Battipaglia led the Cardinal and Gray with five shots at net and was followed by Krishnamachar, who took four shots.

Tech will travel to Bristol, R.I. to face Roger Williams University on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 4:00 p.m. MIT will return home the following weekend to open New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play against WPI on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 1:00 p.m.