No. 25 MIT Earns Outright NEWMAC Regular Season Title with 2-2 Double OT Draw at WPI

No. 25 MIT Earns Outright NEWMAC Regular Season Title with 2-2 Double OT Draw at WPI

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 25 MIT 2, WPI 2 (2OT)

- Records: No. 25 MIT (13-2-3, 8-0-1 NEWMAC); WPI (11-4-2, 5-2-2 NEWMAC)

- Location: Worcester, Mass. (Alumni Stadium)

- The Lead: The No. 25 MIT women's soccer team earned the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular season championship title tonight as the Engineers came from behind to tie WPI, 2-2, after 110 minutes of action. Tonight's match, which was originally scheduled for a 4:00 pm start, was delayed over two hours due to severe weather in the Worcester area.

SCORING SUMMARY:

- 37th minute (36:14): WPI 1, MIT 0 – Kristen McCrea got the hosts on the board with her ninth goal of the fall on a shot from 20 yards out on the left side.

- 51st minute (50:14): MIT 1, WPI 1 – Senior Hailey Nichols (Boulder, Colo.) knotted the game up early in the second stanza as she put home a corner kick from junior Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.).

- 61st minute (60:09): WPI 2, MIT 1 – McCrea put WPI back on top less than ten minutes later when she snuck the ball under the crossbar from the top of the box off a pass via Becca Hapgood.

- 71st minute (70:42): MIT 2, WPI 2 – Junior Chessa Hoekstra (Portland, Maine) registered her fourth goal of the year and knotted the game up at two after she struck the ball from the left side.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:


- The tie secured the outright NEWMAC regular title for MIT for the fourth time in the past five seasons. Overall the Engineers have held the top spot or were tied for the top spot in the league for the past seven seasons.

-  The tie also secured the No. 1 seed for MIT in the upcoming NEWMAC Tournament which will begin next week. MIT will receive a first round bye and will play the winner of the No. 4/No. 5 match on Thursday, November 1 at a time to be determined later.

- Coming into today's match, MIT was ranked No. 25 in the United Soccer Coaches Division III poll, No. 21 in the D3Soccer.com National Poll and No. 6 in the NCAA Division III New England Regional Rankings. WPI was ranked No. 9 in the latest NCAA New England Poll.

- MIT outshot WPI 29-9 overall and 8-1 over the 20-minute overtime session. Cambridge's Engineers also held a slim 5-3 differential in corner kicks. Of the 29 shots from MIT tonight, 21 were on goal, while WPI was held to six shots on goal over the 110-minute match.

- MIT keeper Lily Mueller (Lakeville, Minn.) made four saves and moved to 13-2-3 this fall, while WPI keeper Gabriela Hoops (10-4-2) made 19 saves for Worcester's Engineers.

UP NEXT:

- MIT closes the regular season on Saturday, October 27 at 4:00 pm with a NEWMAC match at home against Emerson College. Prior to the match, the Engineers will honor their six seniors as the Class of 2018.

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