MIT Rallies To Beat Clark, 2-1 (OT)

Freshman Nicole Miko
Freshman Nicole Miko

WORCESTER, Mass. – Freshman Nicole Miko (Upper Saddle River, N.J.) registered her first collegiate goal at 98:58 in overtime following a feed from junior Morgan Moroi (New Albany, Ohio) as the Engineers rallied to defeat Clark University, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play. With the victory, MIT improves to 8-3-2 overall and 4-0-1 in conference play, while Clark falls to 1-11-0 and 0-4-0.

Senior Ambika Krishnamachar (Darrien, Conn.), Moroi and freshman Olivia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) combined for four shots in the first half, but the first three attempts sailed wide, while the fourth was deflected by Clark junior goalkeeper Gabby Paolini (North Potomac, Md.). MIT continued to pester the Cougars' backline with additional shots from Moroi and senior Faith OBrian (Raleigh, N.C.), but neither attempt landed in the back of the net. Clark managed to score on their first shot of the contest when senior Charlotte Mays (Melrose, Mass.) dribbled into the box and sailed a shot past MIT sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Ullmann (Princeton, N.J.) into the far left corner at 20:55.  

Clark held a 1-0 advantage heading into the break, but MIT evened the score halfway through the second half when freshman Julia Goupil (Los Altos, Calif.) headed in her second goal of the season following a cross from senior Elena Gianotas (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) at 63:17. Moroi and sophomore Kathleen Chen (Chappaqua, N.Y.) tried to net the go-ahead goal at 73:43 and 73:49, but both shots were turned away by Paolini. MIT senior Michelle Battipaglia (Katonah, N.Y.) also had a chance to push the visitors ahead with a penalty shot at 89:53, but her shot was stopped by Paolini.

In overtime, the Engineers recorded four consecutive shots before Miko located the back of the net following a pass from Moroi. Miko fired her second shot of the contest toward the upper right corner of the Clark net to seal the win.

MIT outshot Clark, 31-4, and held an advantage in corners, nine to two. Paolino finished with a season-best 16 stops, including seven saves in the second half. Moroi and Krishnamachar combined for 12 shots, including seven directed toward net.

Both teams return to action next Tuesday, October 14 as MIT hosts Wellesley College for a 4:00 p.m. kickoff, while Clark welcomes Springfield College for a 6:00 p.m. start.