- Score: MIT 1, Wellesley College 0 (NEWMAC Tournament Quarterfinals)
- Records: MIT (16-4-1); Wellesley College (7-10-1)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium)
- The Lead: The second-seeded MIT women's soccer team defeated seventh-seeded Wellesley College, 1-0, on Tuesday evening in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament Quarterfinals. With the win, MIT will advance to the semifinals and face sixth-seeded Wheaton College at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday at WPI in Worcester, Mass. MIT ranked ninth in the second NCAA New England Division III Regional Rankings and will be looking to move up in the ranking as the new one will be released tomorrow.
The Engineers collected their 16th win of the season, which sets a new program record for the women's soccer team. Now at 16-4-1, MIT broke the old mark of 15 (15-5-2) which was set back in 2014. That season the Cardinal and Gray advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament after defeating Colby-Sawyer College in the opening game at home, 3-1.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- MIT got the only goal it needed in the 36th minute when freshman Allie Werner (Tyler, Texas) drove through a line of Wellesley defenders and planted the ball into the bottom right corner of the net. Werner received the ball from classmate Claire O'Callaghan (Sherborn, Mass.) on a short thru pass from the corner of the box.
- Wellesley had its best chance to score at the 24-minute mark when junior Melise Knowles ran down the field on a 2-on-1 opportunity and fired the ball towards net. MIT senior goalkeeper Lauren Ullmann (Princeton, N.J.), however, dove to her left and kept the Blue off the board.
- The Engineers nearly added a pair of goals late in the game, but couldn't convert their chances. At 71:05, O'Callaghan sent a low cross into the box and it was misplayed by the Wellesley keeper giving sophomore Amy Apostol (Los Gatos, Calif.) a chance, but Apostol rang it off the cross bar to keep the score at 1-0.
- Just 4:04 later, Apostol had one more chance as she received a beautifully played through ball from freshman Montana Reilly (Los Angeles, Calif.), but the ball tricked just to the left of the net as the game ended in a 1-0 final.
BEHIND THE NUMBERS:
- MIT outshot Wellesley by a 21-5 margin and held a 6-2 differential in corner kicks.
- Ullmann moved to 16-4-1 this year as she stopped the ball twice in her tenth shutout of the season, which included a program tying run of six straight games from September 24th – October 8th. Wellesley netminder Olivia Reckley fell to 7-10-1, but made three saves for the Blue in a complete game effort.
- Werner, who now has three goals on the season, registered her second goal of the year against Wellesley. Back on October 11th, Werner notched the game winning marker in the 84th minute on a feed by O'Callaghan to lift MIT to a 2-1 victory.
- Tonight marked MIT's fifth matchup with Wellesley in the NEWMAC Tournament and MIT is 3-1-1 in those five games dating back to 1998.
- MIT will hit the road for the NEWMAC Tournament Semifinals on Saturday, November 5th as the Engineers will play sixth-seeded Wheaton College at 3:00 p.m. at Alumni Stadium. Since 1998, MIT has played Wheaton six times in the NEWMAC Tournament, five of which have been semifinal contests.