MIT Falls To NYU, 3-1, In First Game of Engineering Cup

Sophomore Amy Apostol
Sophomore Amy Apostol

THE BASICS:

- Score: NYU 3, MIT 1

- Records: MIT (2-2), NYU (3-0)

- Location: Hoboken, N.J. (De Baun Athletic Complex)

- The Lead: The MIT women's soccer team opened play at the 2016 Engineering Cup with a 3-1 loss to New York University on the campus of Stevens Institute of Technology on Saturday afternoon. After posting wins today, NYU and Stevens – who are playing against one another tomorrow – are tied for the lead at the tournament as the winner of tomorrow's game will clinch the 13th annual Engineering Cup title.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- NYU got on the board less than eight minutes into the game as Steph Ho headed the ball into the back of the net off of a corner kick by Teressa Fazio. The Violets added another for the 2-0 advantage at the 34:18 mark when Charlie Herbertz registered her second goal of the season on a feed by Alex Benedict.

- Prior to halftime, MIT cut the deficit in half when sophomore Selin Selman (New Rochelle, N.Y.) notched her second goal of the year – now a career high - after lining up for a free kick. The Engineers nearly tied the game at the 65:44 mark of the contest when sophomore Amy Apostol (Los Gatos, Calif.) lined up a shot, but NYU keeper Cassie Steinberg made the save, leaving the Violets out in front.

- Just 30-seconds after Apostol's attempt to even the match, NYU's Fazio added an insurance goal for the Violets off a cross by Lexi Clark. From that point on, NYU's back line allowed just two shots to MIT.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- NYU held a slim 9-8 advantage in shots, while both teams attempted five corner kicks through 90-minutes of action on the pitch.

- Steinberg improved to 3-0 in net for the Violets as she made five saves in net, while MIT senior netminder Lauren Ullmann (Princeton, N.J.) stopped the ball twice in 73:51 in between the pipes. Sophomore Lily Mueller (Lakeville, Minn.) came in off the bench for the Engineers playing the final 16:09 and made one save.

- Of the eight shots taken by MIT, Apostol, Selman and junior Olivia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) each attempted two to pace the Engineers offense.

- Today's match was only the second meeting between NYU and MIT. The only other game took place exactly 11 years ago to the day (September 10th, 2005) at the exact same place (Hoboken, N.J.) and resulted in a 1-0 win by NYU.

UP NEXT:

- MIT will play Vassar College at 12:30 p.m. in game three of the Engineering Cup tomorrow afternoon, while NYU will take on Stevens at 3:30 p.m. to determine the winner of the 2016 tournament.

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