Women's Soccer Defeats Vassar in NCAA Tournament Opener, 4-1

Women's Soccer Defeats Vassar in NCAA Tournament Opener, 4-1

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 21 MIT 4, Vassar College 1

- Records: No. 21 MIT (17-2-3); Vassar College (9-8-1)

- Location: Amherst, Mass. (Gooding Field

- The Lead: For the second straight season, the No. 21 ranked MIT women's soccer team opened the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament with a victory as tonight the Engineers topped Vassar College, 4-1, on the campus of Amherst College in first round action.

SCORING SUMMARY:

- 12th minute (11:51): MIT 1, Vassar 0 - Freshman Karenna Groff (Weston, Mass.) gave the Engineers an early advantage after she drilled the ball into the top right corner of the net as she drove across the top of the box for the shot.

24th minute (23:28): MIT 2, Vassar 0 - Senior Hailey Nichols (Boulder, Colo.) registered her fifth goal of the season and doubled MIT's lead after she put home a corner kick via junior Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.).

33rd minute (32:20): MIT 3, Vassar 0 - Berzolla finished a feed from senior Allie Hrabchak (Princeton, M.J.) and buried it into the side of the net for the 3-0 lead prior to halftime. 

57th minute (56:26): MIT 4, Vassar 0 - Junior Sophia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) drove down the middle of the field, juked two defenders and ripped the ball into the top half of the net for her 15th goal of the season. 

90th minute (89:28): MIT 4, Vassar 1 - Vassar got on the board with 32 seconds to play as Jordan Moss converted on a free kick from just outside the box.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- MIT came into today's match ranked sixth in the latest NCAA Division III New England regional poll and in 21st both the United Soccer Coaches national poll and the D3Soccer.com national poll.

- Struckman's goal tonight marked her 15th of the year. Her 15 goals is the highest single season goal total for the Engineers since Kelli Griffin scored 16 goals in 2001.

- With tonight's win, MIT improved to 5-5-3 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and 2-0-0 against Vassar College in the all-time series which dates back to 2016.

- In first round NCAA Tournament games, MIT is 3-2-3 and the Engineers have won the first round match for the second straight season.

- MIT keeper Lily Mueller (Lakeville, Minn.) did not make a save, but improved to 17-2-3 this season. Vassar keeper Fiona Walsh (8-8-1) made eight saves in the effort for the Brewers. 

- The Engineers outshot the Brewers, 22-3, including 14-0 in the opening 45 minutes and took seven corner kicks compared to Vassar's one.

UP NEXT:

- MIT will play regional host and No. 14 ranked Amherst College tomorrow evening in the regional final. Tomorrow's match, which will be the first-ever between the programs, is scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm at Gooding Field.

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