October 29, 2011

Women's Soccer Tops Babson, 2-1, in Overtime

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – With 55 seconds remaining in the first overtime session, sophomore Rachel Dias Carlson (Albany, N.Y.) booted in a feed from junior Emily Kuo (Chicago, Ill.) to give MIT a 2-1 victory over Babson College in a NEWMAC women's soccer game on Saturday afternoon. Kuo also scored the Engineers' first goal as they defeated the Beavers for the first time since 2002 and improved to 12-3-2 on the year and 6-1-2 in league play. Babson, meanwhile, saw its ledger fall to 11-4-2 overall and 6-2-1 in the NEWMAC.

MIT controlled possession for a majority of the game as it outshot the visitors, 24-4, but it was Babson who found the back of the net first. The Beavers acquired the ball at midfield which was sent ahead by Nichole Vargas. Lauren Clement corralled the pass in the middle of the box and quickly put it in the top near corner in the 20th minute. Late in the frame junior goalie Meghan Wright (Devon, Pa.) turned away bids by Amy Festa and Jessica DiPhilippo to keep the Engineers within striking distance.

The Cardinal and Gray continued to attack, eventually evening the score in the 62nd minute. With the ball along the near end line, Kuo battled a Babson defender and from a tough angle she tapped the ball just over goalie Lisa Wojnar as she dove to the near post. Both squads had some quality opportunities to take the lead down the stretch. DiPhilippo sent a throughball along the far side to Emily Anderson in the box but her shot was just wide of the near post. Wojnar grabbed a 40-yard free kick by junior Andrea Park (Irvine, Calif.) that took a dangerous bounce in the box and then denied sophomore Allison Park's (Irvine, Calif.) 10-yard strike at the near post.

MIT had the upper hand in the overtime period as it took all four shots, including three on net. After a pair of attempts by freshman Ambika Krishmanachar (Darien, Conn.) were thwarted by Wojnar, the Engineers clinched the win in the 100th minute. Kuo dribbled the ball on the near side and sent it into the box where in the middle of several players Dias Carlson redirected it for the game-winner.

In net, Wright finished with two saves while Wojnar collected nine saves for the Beavers.

Both squads will continue action in the NEWMAC Tournament on Tuesday, Nov. 1 with opponents and start times to be announced.