MIT Women's Soccer Eliminated from NCCA Tournament After Loss Against Messiah

Junior Jennifer Ibanez
Junior Jennifer Ibanez

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. - At the third round of the NCAA tournament, the MIT women's soccer team lost to No. 1 ranked Messiah College, 5-0. The Engineers, who went further this season than they ever had in program history, ended up with a record of 14-4-3. With the win, Messiah moves into Sunday's Sectional Final to face the winner of Lynchburg and Johns Hopkins.

Fifteen minutes into the first half, Messiah keeper Audra Larson had already prevented two could-be goals, one shot by senior Emily Kuo (Chicago, Ill.) in the sixth minute and the other by freshman Jennifer Ibanez (West Windsor, N.J.) a few minutes later. In the 19th minute, Holly Burgard scored Messiah's first goal of the game, which was followed up ten minutes later by another goal for the Falcons. At the end of the first period, the Engineers were behind, 2-0.

In the second period, MIT only took one shot, which went wide of the net, compared to Messiah's seven. In a span of six minutes, the Falcons had added three more goals to give them a 5-0 lead over the Engineers. Senior Meghan Wright (Devon, Pa.) made two saves throughout the period but the Messiah defense did not allow any shots on goal in the second 45 minutes. The game ended with a score of 5-0 in Messiah's favor.

Kuo wraps up her career at MIT with 42 goals and 20 assists, 13 of those goals being scored this season. Wright ends her final season with 80 saves and nine shutouts.