Women's Soccer Clinches Share Of Regular Season Championship With 5-0 Win Over Coast Guard On Senior Night

Women's Soccer Clinches Share Of Regular Season Championship With 5-0 Win Over Coast Guard On Senior Night

THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 5, U.S. Coast Guard Academy 0

- Records: MIT (15-4-1, 8-1-1 NEWMAC); U.S. Coast Guard Academy (6-8-4, 2-6-2 NEWMAC)

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

- The Lead: The MIT women's soccer team clinched a share of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Regular Season Championship for the fifth straight year as the Engineers defeated the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 5-0, on Saturday evening at Steinbrenner Stadium. Prior to the game, seniors Elizabeth Porter (Brookfield, Conn.), Annelise Steele (Greenwich, Conn.), Anna Zukowski (Ridgefield, Conn.) and Lauren Ullmann (Princeton, N.J.) were honored in a ceremony recognizing their hard work and dedication to the team over the past four years.

MIT, ranked No. 9 in the second NCAA Division III New England regional rankings, also tied the program record for most wins in a single year – a mark that was set back in 2014 when the Engineers went 15-5-2. With its win tonight, MIT locks up the No. 2 seed in the NEWMAC Tournament and will host seventh-seeded on Tuesday at a time to be determined later.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- The Engineers used five different goal scorers in tonight's game. The first goal came at the 18:34 mark when junior Olivia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) sent a cross that was intended for sophomore Allie Hrabchak (Princeton, N.J.), but found the foot of freshman Montana Reilly (Los Angeles, Calif.) on the near side. Reilly buried the ball into the bottom left corner of the net for her team best eighth goal of the year.

- Less than five minutes later, sophomore Amy Apostol (Los Gatos, Calif.) set up the second goal for MIT on a long through pass to Struckman. Struckman got around the Coast Guard keeper Rachel Boohar, extending the Engineers' lead to two on her seventh marker of the season.

- In the second half, MIT put the game out of reach with three goals over the final 45-minutes of action. Sophomore Hailey Nichols (Boulder, Colo.) headed home a corner kick by freshman Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.) at the 52:19 mark, Apostol scored her seventh of the season on a great cross by Struckman at the 58:11 mark and freshman Allie Werner (Tyler, Texas) juked her way through the entire Coast Guard back line and potted her second goal of the year with 11-minutes to play as MIT eased to a 5-0 decision.

BEHIND THE NUMBERS:

- Ullmann registered her ninth shutout of the season with six saves as she moved to 15-4-1 this year for MIT in a complete game effort, while Boohar stopped the ball eight times to close the season at 6-8-4.

- MIT doubled up Coast Guard in both shots, 20-10, and corner kicks, 4-2, as the Engineers notched ten shots as well as a pair of corner kicks in each half tonight.

- Reilly closes the regular season as MIT's leading scorer with eight goals, while both Apostol and Struckman sit atop the leaderboard with 20 points – both with seven goals and six assists this year – heading into the NEWMAC Tournament next week.

UP NEXT:

- MIT will host seventh-seeded Wellesley College on Tuesday, November 1st in the quarterfinals of the NEWMAC Tournament at a time to be determined later. The winner of that game will move on to the semifinals against either third-seeded Babson College or sixth-seeded Wheaton College on Saturday, November 5th at WPI.

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