No. 20 MIT and Pomona-Pitzer Battle to Double Overtime Draw

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THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 20 MIT 0, Pomona-Pitzer 0

- Records: No. 20 MIT (1-0-1); Pomona-Pitzer (1-0-1)

- Location: Claremont, Calif. (Pomona-Pitzer Soccer Field)

- The Lead: In the first ever meeting between the two programs, the MIT women's soccer team and Pomona-Pitzer played to a double overtime scoreless draw. Coming into today's match, the Engineers were ranked 20th in the United Soccer Coaches Division III national poll. 

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Pomona-Pitzer got out to a strong start as they forced four shots over the opening 13 minutes of action, two of which were saved by MIT starting keeper Ava Gillikin (Flemington, N.J.). The Engineers answered back with pressure of their own as they made Sagehens keeper Isa Berardo stop the ball three times in a span of four minutes midway through the opening stanza.

- Pomona-Pitzer had the best chances to score late in the match as the Sagehens kicked the ball off the crossbar in the 83rd minute and once again in the 97th minute

- In the first overtime, Pomona-Pitzer was able to get off a pair of shots, while MIT's lone shot in extra time came via Karenna Groff (Weston, Mass.) at the 93:40 mark. Neither team was able to take a shot in the second overtime session as the match ended in a 0-0 draw after 110-minutes of action.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Both teams were able to get off 15 shots and took three corner kicks over the course of 110-minutes.

- Over the first 55:24 minutes, Gillikin (1-0-1) made a trio of saves. In relief for the Engineers, junior Riley Terando (Folsom, Calif.) made one save and first-year Lauren Castle (Ridgefield, Conn.) stopped the ball twice. Berardo made seven saves for the Sagehens to move to 1-0-1 on the season.

UP NEXT:

- MIT continues its west coast swing with a match at Chapman University on Tuesday, September 3 at 7:00 pm EST.

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