Groff's Game Winner In the Final Minute Sends MIT Past Wellesley, 3-2

Groff's Game Winner In the Final Minute Sends MIT Past Wellesley, 3-2

THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 3, Wellesley College 2

- Records: MIT (10-2-2, 5-0-0 NEWMAC); Wellesley College (3-8-1, 0-5-1 NEWMAC)

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

- The Lead: Karenna Groff's (Weston, Mass.) goal with 57-seconds to play in regulation broke a 2-2 tie and gave MIT a 3-2 win over Wellesley College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Tuesday afternoon in Cambridge.

SCORING SUMMARY: 

- 34th minute (33:41): MIT 1, Wellesley 0 - Junior Lily Bailey (Danvers, Mass.) threw the ball in from the 25-yard line to the feet of junior Sophia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.), who took about five steps towards the net, shot and scored her 12th goal of the season. 

- 49th minute (48:11): Wellesley 1, MIT 1 - Wellesley's Emily Tran took the ball off an MIT turnover at midfield, drove 40 yards down the field and shot the ball into the back-left corner of the net to tie the game.

- 55th minute (54:12): MIT 2, Wellesley 1 - The Engineers went back up on top 6:01 later after Claire O'Callaghan (Sherborn, Mass.) found Amy Apostol (Los Gatos, Calif.) at the 20-yard line. Apostol broke through the Blue defenders and scored her fourth goal of the season.

- 82nd minute (81:25): Wellesley 2, MIT 2 - Tran knotted the game up once again, this time at 2-2 with her free kick from the 20-yard line that she buried into the back-left corner of the net.

- 90th minute (89:03): MIT 3, Wellesley 2 - With 57-seconds to play the Engineers drove up the field and Eva Anderson (Edina, Minn.) was tackled from behind, but no whistle blew. Anderson shoved the ball over to Groff who rocketed the ball from 20 yards out into the upper right corner of the net to win the game. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Groff's goal marked her sixth overall and third game-winner of the season.

- MIT registered its tenth win of the season tonight and has now claimed ten or more win in 12 of the past 13 years.

- The Engineers outshot Wellesley, 17-4, and held a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks.

- MIT keeper Lily Mueller (Lakeville, Minn.) made one save in the effort to move to 10-2-2, while Wellesley keeper Olivia Reckley stopped the ball four times, but fell to 3-8-1.

UP NEXT:

- MIT continues its homestand with a NEWMAC match against Coast Guard on Saturday at 1:00 pm.

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