Women's Soccer Edged By Amherst, 1-0, in NCAA Round of 32

Women's Soccer Edged By Amherst, 1-0, in NCAA Round of 32

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 14 Amherst College 1, No. 21 MIT 0

- Records: No. 21 MIT (17-3-3); No. 14 Amherst College (15-2-2)

- Location: Amherst, Mass. (Gooding Field)

- The Lead: A goal by Amherst's Rubii Tamen less than 40 seconds into the second stanza was the difference in tonight's NCAA Division III Tournament second round match as the host Mammoths edged MIT, 1-0 as the Engineers wrap up their season with an overall record of 17-3-3.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- MIT had the first half's best scoring opportunity as junior Montana Reilly (Los Angeles, Calif.) crossed the ball to freshman Karenna Groff (Weston, Mass.), but Groff ripped a shot that ricocheted off the post and out of play.

- Amherst broke the scoreless match less than 40 seconds into the second stanza after Tamen finished a low cross in the box from Hayley Roy.

- Groff and junior Sophia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) both had opportunities at the net in the second, but Amherst keeper Antonia Tammaro saved both in the 61st minute. The Engineers were awarded a penalty kick in the 76th minute with the score still at 1-0 in favor of the hosts, but the chance was saved by Tammaro which kept the match right where it was.

- The Engineers had one final chance with under five minutes to play, but Tammaro once again stopped a shot by Struckman which ended the match with the score in favor of Amherst.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Coming into tonight's match, MIT was riding a 12-game unbeaten streak which tied the program record that was set three times prior in 2013, 2014 and 2017.

- Tonight's match marked the first-ever meeting between MIT and Amherst.

- In net, MIT keeper Lily Mueller (Lakeville, Minn.) made four saves and finished her season with a record of 17-3-3. Tammaro (11-1-2) made nine saves for the Mammoths to put them into the sectional semifinals.

- Both teams took 15 shots over the course of 90 minutes. Nine of MIT's attempts were on net, while just five were directed on goal by Amherst.

- This was MIT's fourth appearance in the NCAA Tournament's round of 32. Previously, the Engineers had made it in 2012, 2014 and 2017.

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