- Score: MIT 1, Bowdoin College 0
- Records: MIT (8-3-0), Bowdoin College (6-2-0
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium)
- The Lead: The MIT women's soccer team extended its win streak to four after they defeated Bowdoin College, 1-0, on a rainy Friday evening in Cambridge. With the win, the Engineers earned their first victory over the Polar Bears in program history. Heading into tonight's game, Bowdoin was ranked No. 9 in the latest NSCAA New England Division III Coaches Poll.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- After a scoreless first half, MIT freshman Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.) found the back of the net just 9:07 into the second stanza. Berzolla took the ball on a great pass by junior Julia Goupil (Los Altos, Calif.) and broke toward the goal. She then fired a shot that bounced off the ground and right through the hands and legs of Bowdoin keeper Rachel Stout for the 1-0 advantage.
- Prior to halftime with 2:55 left on the clock, Bowdoin nearly scored but MIT's back line came up huge to keep the Polar Bears off the board. Senior Taylor Heist was awarded a free kick from the 40-yard line and sent the ball towards the goal. MIT senior keeper Lauren Ullmann (Princeton, N.J.) punched the ball away and Bowdoin junior Brigit Bergin let another shot off, but Engineers defender Hailey Nichols (Boulder, Colo.) made a huge goal line stand and kicked the ball away and out of play.
- Ullmann, who registered a season-high six saves, perhaps came up the biggest for MIT as time wound down in the game. After a free kick by Bowdoin near midfield, the ball rattled around the box and freshman Talia Missan fired a shot, but Ullmann dove for the save and preserved her fourth shutout of the season.
- Despite Bowdoin holding a slim 12-10 advantage in shots and a 6-2 differential in corner kicks, MIT came up big when it meant the most to earn its second straight win over a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) opponent.
- Ullmann improved to 8-3-0 with her season-high six saves for the Engineers, while Stout fell to 5-2-0 this year as she stopped the ball three times tonight for the Polar Bears.
- Berzolla led the way for MIT with her four shots, while the other six came from six different Engineers in the balanced effort.
- MIT has a quick turnaround as the Engineers will play Mount Holyoke College at home in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play beginning at 6:00 p.m., while Bowdoin is off until Wednesday, October 5th when the Polar Bears welcome UMaine – Farmington for a non-conference contest beginning at 4:00 p.m.