Records Fall as No. 13 Women’s Soccer Closes Regular Season With 2-1 Win at Emerson
- Score: No. 13 MIT 2, Emerson College 1
- Records: No. 13 MIT (17-1-1, 9-0-1 NEWMAC), Emerson College (3-11-2, 3-7-0 NEWMAC)
- Location: Boston, Mass. (Rotch Field)
- The Lead: In the regular season finale for both teams, the 13th-ranked MIT women's soccer team earned a 2-1 win over Emerson College on Saturday afternoon in Boston. The Engineers received their two goals via Olivia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) as MIT tied the program record for wins in a single season (17) and NEWMAC wins in a year (9).
MIT also wrapped up the regular season by breaking the single season record for goals (67), assists (58) and points (192) all of which were originally set back during the 2001 season. Additionally, MIT, which finished the NEWMAC schedule at 9-0-1 earned the top seed and will host the semifinal and championship matches of the upcoming NEWMAC postseason tournament.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Struckman got MIT on the board just 4:54 into the game as she finished a great low cross from sophomore Montana Reilly(Los Angeles, Calif.) to give the Engineers a 1-0 lead.
- Emerson answered to tie the game at 1-1 in the 21st minute. Alexandra Hanson lined up and sent a deep free kick into the box where Jess Frost was waiting. The ball sailed up off the crossbar and down to the feet of Frost as she kicked her fifth goal of the season past the MIT defense and into the net.
- Struckman registered what proved to be the game winning goal nine minutes into the second half. The senior took the ball from sophomore Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.), drove down the field through the Emerson defense, and rocketed a shot from the left side into the back right corner to give the visiting Engineers the 2-1 lead.
- The MIT defenders allowed Emerson to get just one shot off over the final 36 minutes of the game, which came via Alexandra Levin in the 79th minute as her attempt sailed wide of the net, to secure the 2-1 road win for the Engineers.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Struckman, who now has 28 points this season with 13 goals and two assists, becomes the first member of the MIT women's soccer team to have that many points in a season since Ambika Krishnamachar '15 accomplished the feat back during the 2014 campaign. That year Krishnamachar posted eight goals and 12 assists for the Engineers. Should Struckman record two more points prior to the season concluding, she will become the first Engineer to have 30+ points since Alisha Lussiez '12 had 35 (14 goals, 7 assists) in 2010.
- MIT outshot Emerson by a 19-7 margin and held an 11-4 differential in corner kicks.
- MIT keeper Lily Mueller (Lakeville, Minn.) recorded one save in net for the Engineers to push her record to 16-1-1 this fall, while Laura Gartelman (1-9-2) stopped the ball six times for the Lions.
- MIT will await the winner of the NEWMAC Tournament quarterfinal match between fourth-seed Springfield College and fifth-seed Wellesley College for a semifinal match set for Saturday, November 4 at 10:30 a.m. Both the NEWMAC semifinals and championship matches will take place in Cambridge on Roberts Field since MIT is the top-seed in the tournament.