Strong Second Half Leads Engineers Past Babson, 3-0

Senior Michelle Battipaglia
Senior Michelle Battipaglia

BABSON PARK, Mass. – Seniors Michelle Battipaglia (Katonah, N.Y.) and Ambika Krishnamachar (Darien, Conn.) generated all of MIT's second-half scoring in a 3-0 win over Babson College in a NEWMAC women's soccer game on Saturday. Battipaglia posted two goals while Krishnamachar accounted for one goal and an assist as the Engineers (12-3-2, 7-0-1) recorded their first regular season victory at Babson since the 2001 season and matched the program's longest winning streak at eight games.

The first half was a defensive battle as MIT was denied a shot on goal while sophomore goalie Lauren Ullmann (Princeton, N.J.) recorded two saves for the visitors. Her second stop came during a hectic sequence in the 40th minute when a shot by the Beavers caromed off the crossbar and was then quickly put back on net.

Coming out of halftime, the Engineers controlled the action as they rattled off three goals in a span of 16 minutes. Battipaglia ended the stalemate with 34:11 on the clock when her shot from the edge of the box deflected off a Babson defender and bounced past the goalie. After tallying four shots, including a strike by Battipaglia that hit the cross bar, Krishnamachar gave the Cardinal and Gray some breathing room in the 67th minute by eluding a defender and then sending a low strike inside the right post. She then set up Battipaglia for the final goal of the game five minutes later. Carrying the ball down the right side and along the touchline, Krishnamachar passed it to the penalty spot where Battipaglia redirected it to the far post.

In net, Ullmann generated her fifth shutout of the season by making two saves. She also earned the 12th victory of her sophomore campaign, surpassing last year's total of 11.

Nationally-ranked No. 23 MIT continues NEWMAC play on Tuesday, Oct. 28 when it hosts rival Emerson College.