Women's Soccer Comes From Behind To Earn 2-2 Draw With Babson

Junior Jacqueline Simmons
Junior Jacqueline Simmons

THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 2, Babson College 2 (2OT)

- Records: MIT (13-4-1, 6-1-1 NEWMAC); Babson College (8-5-3, 5-3-1 NEWMAC)

- Location: Babson Park, Mass. (Hartwell-Rogers Field)

- The Lead: Trailing 2-1 with less than five minutes to play, MIT women's soccer junior Jacqueline Simmons (Houston, Texas) registered both her second and the team's second goal to even the match with Babson. Neither team was able to score in two overtime periods as the Engineers tied Babson, 2-2, on Saturday afternoon in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play at Hartwell-Rogers Field. Entering today's game, MIT was ranked No. 6 in the first of three NCAA Division III New England regional rankings.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Simmons got MIT on the board first in the 34th minute when she took Claire O'Callaghan's (Sherborn, Mass.) corner kick and buried it into the upper left corner of the net for the 1-0 advantage, heading into halftime.

- Less than two minutes into the second stanza Babson evened the game at 1-1. Emma Dineen scored on a cross by Olivia Kerester, who was driving into the right side of the box. The game would remain knotted at one until Colleen Beggan drove a corner kick into the goal mouth and Megan Lee headed it home for her first of the season at the 81:45 mark.

- A little over four minutes later, Simmons notched her second of the game and third of the season. Freshman Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.) lined up for a 25-yard free kick, but her initial attempt was stopped by Babson keeper Maddison Gierschick. However, Simmons was on the doorstep and planted the rebound past Gierschick from inside the six-yard box to tie the game once again.

- The Engineers outshot the Beavers by a 6-2 margin in extra time, but both goalkeepers made huge saves to earn the 2-2 tie. MIT netminder Lauren Ullmann (Princeton, N.J.) came 15-yards off her line to deny Kerester on a breakaway attempt in the 104th minute. MIT nearly ended the game in the 98th minute when Berzolla had her free kick punched away and again in the 101st minute when Olivia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) drilled a shot towards net, but Gierschick was there for the saves.

BEHIND THE NUMBERS:

- MIT outshot Babson by a 20-9 margin and held a 13-5 differential in corner kicks.

- In a complete game effort, Ullmann made four saves for the Engineers as she moved to 13-4-1 this year, while Gierschick (6-2-2) stopped the ball eight times for the Beavers this afternoon.

UP NEXT:

- Both teams return to NEWMAC action on Tuesday, October 25th. MIT hosts Emerson College beginning at 4:00 p.m., while Babson welcomes Wheaton College in its regular season finale.

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