SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – For the second time in three years the MIT women's soccer team defeated nationally-ranked No. 24 Springfield College to capture the NEWMAC Championship and earn a spot in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. With the scored tied at 1-1 at the conclusion of the second overtime session, the Engineers outscored the Pride, 4-3, in penalty kicks to clinch the win. Junior Meghan Wright (Devon, Pa.) was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player as she posted 24 saves, one shutout, and allowed two goals in three games.
In the shootout, Springfield's bid by Amanda Pace was turned away by Wright while junior Emily Kuo (Chicago, Ill.) put the Engineers on the board. Kelly Haines converted the next attempt as junior Andrea Park (Irvine, Calif.) kept MIT in front at 2-1. Jackie Moscardelli netted the equalizer and after a miss by sophomore Allison Park (Irvine, Calif.), the Pride took the lead on a strike from Janelle Jahoda. Freshman Michelle Battipaglia (Katonah, N.Y.) found the back of the net to even the score at 3-3 in the fourth round. Following unsuccessful tries by Amber Thornton, sophomore Samantha Fleischmann (Eastchester, N.Y.), and Courtney Letourneau, sophomore Rachel Dias Carlson's (Albany, N.Y.) shot grazed the left goalpost and glanced in beating goalie Erin Greenstein for the win.
Springfield provided the first goal during regulation with four minutes remaining in the first half when Kim Rasmussen redirected a cross from Ashley Carresi past Wright. The hosts' slight edge held until the 83rd minute as Fleischmann took a shot off a corner kick that ricocheted off a defender and into the net.
Wright finished the day with six saves as MIT improved to 14-3-3, tying the Institute record for wins in a season.
Click here to see video of Wright's final save in the shootout, Dias Carlson's game-winner, and interviews with Wright and head coach Martin Desmarias.