Women's Soccer Edges Wellesley, 2-1, In NEWMAC Match

Freshman Allie Werner
Freshman Allie Werner

THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 2, Wellesley College 1

- Records: MIT (12-4-0, 5-1-0 NEWMAC); Wellesley College (5-7-0, 2-3-0 NEWMAC)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium)

- The Lead: With 6:39 left in the game, MIT women's soccer freshman Allie Werner (Tyler, Texas) registered her first collegiate goal – the game winner – to lift the Engineers to a 2-1 win over Wellesley College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Tuesday afternoon at Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium. MIT entered today's game ranked No. 10 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) New England Division III Coaches Poll.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Wellesley scored the first goal of the game in the 23rd minute when senior Kyla Petrie sent a through ball to freshman Carley Phillips, who shot the ball hard off the hands of MIT keeper Lauren Ullmann (Princeton, N.J.). Ullmann was not able to handle the shot as the ball landed in the back left corner of the net for the early 1-0 lead.

- This was only the second time all season that MIT has had to play from behind, but two second half goals for the Engineers secured the conference win. Just 2:30 into the second stanza, freshman Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.) took a corner kick and the ball bounced off the heads of both sophomore Hailey Nichols (Boulder, Colo.) and junior Jacqueline Simmons (Houston, Texas). Simmons planted the ball off the post on her second attempt and it fell to freshman Montana Reilly (Los Angeles, Calif.), who buried the ball into the lower right corner for the equalizer and her sixth score of the season.

- The score would remain knotted at 1-1, until freshman Claire O'Callaghan (Sherborn, Mass.) passed the ball to Werner, who gathered it and cut towards the net. Werner fired the ball from the top of the box and into the left side of the net for her first collegiate goal and first ever game winner as the Engineers held on for the 2-1 conference win.

BEHIND THE NUMBERS:

- MIT held a 17-7 advantage in shots and a 7-2 margin in corner kicks as Werner led the way for the Engineers with four shots, all of which were on goal.

- Ullmann earned the win (12-4-0) in between the pipes for MIT with three saves this afternoon, while Wellesley freshman keeper Olivia Reckley fell to 5-7-1 for the Blue as she stopped the ball eight times.

- The Engineers earned their 19th win in program history over the Blue as the all-time series sits at 19-21-4, which dates back to 1985.

UP NEXT:

- Both teams return to action on Saturday, October 15th for NEWMAC contests. MIT welcomes Smith College beginning at 1:00 p.m., while Wellesley hosts WPI in an 11:00 a.m. league match.

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