No. 13 Women's Soccer Punches Ticket To Sweet 16 With 1-0 Win Over Middlebury

No. 13 Women's Soccer Punches Ticket To Sweet 16 With 1-0 Win Over Middlebury

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 13 MIT 1, No. 17 Middlebury College 0

- Records: No. 13 MIT (20-1-1), Middlebury College (12-4-2)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium)

- The Lead: A goal by MIT sophomore Sophia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) in the 22nd minute was the difference today as the No. 13 Engineers defeated No. 17 Middlebury College, 1-0, in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Tournament on Sunday afternoon in Cambridge.

With the win, MIT not only picked up its 20th win of the fall (20-1-1), but now will advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2012 and faceoff with No. 10 Messiah College next weekend at a time and place to be determined later, while Middlebury sees its season come to close with a record of 12-4-2.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Struckman scored her second goal of the season and in as many days in the 22nd minute when she took the ball down the left side of the field, broke through a number of Middlebury defenders and rocketed her shot into the right side of the net past Ursula Alwang for the 1-0 lead.

- Middlebury had its chances to find the equalizer, but the MIT defense and junior keeper Lily Mueller (Lakeville, Minn.) kept the No. 17 Panthers off the board. In the 35th minute, Eliza Van Voorhis ripped a shot at the net, but MIT's Jacqueline Simmons (Houston, Texas) blocked the ball away. Then with 38 minutes left in regulation, Eliza Robinson gathered the ball for the Panthers inside the box after the Engineers misplayed it. Robinson and a look at an open net, but her shot sailed just over the crossbar.

- Struckman nearly gave MIT an insurance goal with 8:20 left to play when she had a chance right at the top of the box. The sophomore played the ball on one touch, made space and shot towards the upper half of the net, but it hit the crossbar and out of play.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- With the win, MIT earned a spot in the Sweet 16 next weekend for the first time since 2012. In the sectional pod, will be No. 1 TCNJ, No. 10 Messiah College as well as the winner of No. 7 Christopher Newport/No. 20 Lynchburg at a site to be determined later tonight.

- Additionally, the Engineers became the third team this season to reach 20 wins as they are joined by No. 3 Hardin-Simmons University (21-1) and No. 1 TCNJ (20-0).

- Middlebury edged MIT in shots as the Panthers held an 11-10 advantage, while the Engineers took four corner kicks compared to the Panthers, who had two.

- Mueller improved to 19-1-1 in net for the Engineers with a pair of saves, while Alwang, who made three stops this afternoon, wrapped up the campaign with a mark of 10-4-2 for Middlebury.

- The Engineers improved to 4-4-3 all-time in the NCAA Tournament with today's victory.

UP NEXT:

- MIT will play No. 10 Messiah College in the Sweet 16 next weekend. Be sure to check back on MITAthletics.com tomorrow for the time and location of that match.

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