CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In the women's soccer NEWMAC opener for both teams, MIT and Clark University battled to a 0-0 double overtime result on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers' junior goalie Meghan Wright (Devon, Pa.) earned the 21st shutout of her career, breaking an Institute record that was established by Meg O'Neil '93 in 1992 and was tied by Connie Yang '03 a decade later.
The opening frame was a balanced affair with both squads recording three shots, two saves, and one corner kick. In 60th minute, the Cougars' Emma Lynch sent a throughball to Janelle Pasternack who sprinted to the goal. Sophomore Kaitlin Nealon (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) chased down and overtook Pasternack to thwart the scoring attempt. MIT's best attempt of the stanza came with just over a minute remaining on sophomore Rachel Dias Carlson's (Albany, N.Y.) shot from 30 yards out that hit the top right corner of the goal post.
Early in the first overtime period, MIT freshman Ambika Krishnamachar (Darien, Conn.) sent a pass to junior Leslie Meyer (Brownsburg, Ind.) on the near side but her shot was just wide. Clark countered in the 95th minute courtesy of a cross by Lucia Pantuosco through the box that was intended for Pasternack. Faced with an open net on the far side, she was unable to corral the ball.
Midway through the second extra session, Pasternack's deft dribbling allowed her to unleash a hard shot that was snatched by Wright. On the Engineers' ensuing trip downfield, junior Connie Park (Atlanta, Ga.) sent a corner kick into the middle of the box which Krishnamachar struck but was blocked by the Clark defense. The final scoring threat of the game was Meyer's strike that glanced off the crossbar.
Wright finished the day with six saves while Audrey Eisemann collected five saves for the Cougars.
MIT (4-1-1, 0-0-1 NEWMAC) returns to action on Tuesday, Sept. 21 when it travels to Roger Williams University for the first meeting between both programs. Clark (2-3-1, 0-0-1) takes the field the next day at home against Keene State College.