October 19, 2010

Women's Soccer Held to Scoreless Draw by Wellesley

Wellesley, Mass. -- The Wellesley College and MIT women's soccer teams battled for 110 minutes, but neither squad could manage a goal, as the game ended in a double-overtime 0-0 draw on Tuesday afternoon in Wellesley.

The draw is record-setting for the Engineers team and goalie Meghan Wright, as each of them set a new school mark in shutouts for a season. MIT has now shutout eleven oppenents this year, while Wright has been part of 10 clean sheets, the best team and individual marks in the the school's history.

If this had been basketball, the Wellesley Blue would probably have come out victorious with a buzzer-beater at the end of the first overtime. Chelsea-Ann Patry's shot found the back of the net, past a diving Meghan Wright, on a shot that crossed the goal line just after the horn had sounded. Though the ball was off of her foot before the clock read zeroes, the goal was immediately waved off by the referees.

Chances were fewer for Wellesley than for the visiting Engineers, who posted a 30-17 advantage in shots, Wellesley kept pace with the Engineers by leaning heavily on goalkeeper Sarah Gray, who picked up seven saves.  Gray made perhaps the biggest stop of the day in the 82nd minute, saving a a rocket from the foot of MIT's Lauren Hernley.  Gray made a leaping save, knocking the ball in the air and then prevented the rebound from ending up in the net, preserving the 0-0 tie.

Emily Kuo took thirteen shots for MIT, three of them on goal and created great space for herself, but was unable to cash in on several solid chances. Kuo sent many shots just over the bar or wide of the goal as the teams scrambled late in the game and in overtime to get their necks in front.

Each team collected five corner kicks in regulation, but MIT held a 2-0 edge in corners in the overtime periods.

Gray's seven stops are third most for the junior this season.  Across the field, MIT's Wright picked up five total saves.

The result sets MIT at 12-2-1 overall, 5-1-1 in NEWMAC play, tops in the conference when coupled with Babson's defeat at the hands of Wheaton. Wellesley's overall record now sits at 7-6-2, with a 4-1-2 mark in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).

Wellesley is back in action on Saturday playing under the lights at WPI with a 5:00pm start.  MIT continues its three game road trip on Saturday, traveling to Coast Guard for a 1:00pm game.

Parts of Release Courtesy of Wellesley Sports Information