Women's Soccer Defeats Springfield on the Road to Clinch At Least Share of NEWMAC Regular Season Title

Women's Soccer Defeats Springfield on the Road to Clinch At Least Share of NEWMAC Regular Season Title

THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 3, Springfield College 1 

- Records: MIT (13-2-2, 8-0-0 NEWMAC); Springfield College (10-4-1, 6-2-0 NEWMAC)

- Location: Springfield, Mass. (Brock-Affleck Field)

- The Lead: With a 3-1 road victory this afternoon over New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) rival Springfield College, the MIT women's soccer team claimed at least a share of the league's regular season title for the seventh consecutive year, improved to 13-2-2 overall this fall and remained undefeated in conference play at 8-0-0. 

SCORING SUMMARY: 

- 30th minute (29:19): MIT 1, Springfield 0 - Freshman Karenna Groff (Weston, Mass.) took a pass from junior Sophia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and drove down the left flank before cutting back top side and letting a shot fly that snuck past Springfield keeper Izzy Inglese for the 1-0 lead. 

- 53rd minute (52:05): MIT 2, Springfield 0 - Struckman put home her conference-leading 13th goal of the season after receiving the ball from classmate Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.) off a corner kick.

- 57th minute (56:11): MIT 3, Springfield 0 - Just 4:06 later, senior captain Amy Apostol (Los Gatos, Calif.) touched a ball to junior Montana Reilly (Los Angeles, Calif.), who slipped a pass across the goal mouth to a covered Groff, who got a foot on it and found the back of the net for her second of the game. 

- 58th minute (57:32): MIT 3, Springfield 1 - Springfield got on the board when Sara Swetland headed the ball into the back corner of the net of a free kick via Kaleigh Dale.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Coming into today's game, MIT was ranked No. 6 in the first NCAA Division III New England Regional Ranking, while Springfield was No. 9. Additionally, the Engineers are currently receiving votes in the United Soccer Coaches National Poll and are No. 21 in the D3Soccer.com National Poll.

- Springfield edged MIT in shots as the Pride held a 13-12 advantage, while the Engineers took seven corner kicks compared to Springfield's five.

- MIT keeper Lily Mueller (Lakeville, Minn.) made four saves to improve to 13-2-2 this fall, while Ingles fell to 4-1-1 with three saves over the opening 76:07 of the match.

- Groff became the second Engineer to scored double-digit goals this fall as she now has 11 to her credit in her rookie campaign. She joins Struckman, who has 13 goals, in the double-digit club.

UP NEXT:

- MIT heads to WPI for another NEWMAC match on Tuesday, October 23 at 4:00 pm. A win for MIT would secure its fourth outright NEWMAC Regular Season Championship title in the past five seasons.

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