WORCESTER, Mass. – Freshman Olivia Struckman's (Scottsdale, Ariz.) goal in the 74th minute helped MIT overcome a one-goal deficit mid-way through the second half and secure a 1-1 double-overtime tie with WPI in both teams' New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener on Saturday morning at Alumni Stadium. Struckman recorded her fourth strike of the season following a cross from senior Ambika Krishnamachar (Darrien, Conn.) on the left side of the field.
MIT finished the match with 25 shots and held an advantage in corners, five to four. Both teams registered four shots in the extra periods, however, MIT recorded three in the first overtime period. WPI ended the contest with 11 shots and sophomore Abbey Teliska (LaGrangeville, N.Y.) recorded seven stops. MIT junior goalkeeper Lauren Ullmann (Princeton, N.J.) turned away seven shots too, including back-to-back attempts by WPI junior Emily Doherty (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and freshman Susannah Gray (York, Maine) in the second overtime.
Krishnamachar attempted to put MIT on the board with two shots midway through the opening stanza that sailed wide and bounced off the WPI post. Senior Michelle Battipaglia (Katonah, N.Y.) also had an opportunity to score off a corner kick at 33:34, which was turned aside by Teliska. WPI recorded just two shots in the first stanza, including an attempt late in the session by sophomore Jane Bingel (Wrentham, Mass.) at 44:57 that was stopped by Ullmann.
WPI eventually found the back of the net when sophomore Janine Fatal (Amesbury, Mass.) scored her initial marker of the season at 67:05. Fatal sailed a shot over Ullmann's head that caromed off the crossbar and tricked past the goal line.
Struckman evened the score at 73:27 as she finished a cross from Krishnamachar on the left side. MIT tried to push ahead following their lone marker with five shots – three from Krishnamachar and one each by senior Jessica Ong (Oklahoma City, Okla.) and sophomore Kathleen Chen (Chappaqua, N.Y), but none of the attempts reached the back of WPI's goal.
In overtime, MIT tried to net the game-winner with shots from Krishnamachar, Battipaglia and junior Morgan Moroi (New Albany, Ohio), but two of the attempts were blocked, while one sailed high. WPI had a chance to end the contest at 98:47 with a shot from freshman Karina Larson (Storrs, Conn.) that was blocked by Ullmann.
Both teams return to action next week as MIT travels to Springfield College on Saturday, September 27 for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff, while WPI heads to Wentworth Institute of Technology for a 7:00 p.m. start on Tuesday, September 23.