September 17, 2013

#20 MIT Women's Soccer Tie #13 Roger Williams in Double Overtime

BRISTOL, R.I. - After taking the lead early in the first half of its game against undefeated #13 Roger Williams University on Tuesday afternoon, the #20 MIT women's soccer team had to battle through two overtime periods after the Hawks tied the score halfway through the second half. The game ultimately ended with a tied score of 1-1. This is the second consecutive game that the Engineers have played through double overtime, after tying undefeated Lesley University this past weekend with a score of 0-0. MIT is now 4-1-2, while Roger Williams is 6-0-1.

Just 15 minutes into the first half, senior Samantha Fleischmann (Eastchester, N.Y.) assumed her regular position as the corner kicker, sending the ball flying into the box, which is where fellow senior Michaelann Rodriguez (Florence, Ala.) headed the ball into the net, tallying her fourth of the season. From that point, the Engineers were playing to keep the lead, rarely allowing the Hawks to get close enough to the net to take a shot. Throughout the entire 45 minutes, freshman goalkeeper Lauren Ullmann (Princeton, N.J.) only had to make two saves.

Starting the second period with a one goal lead, Tech continued to play just as strongly as in the first half. In the 68th minute, however, Roger Williams evened the score when Kristen Tetreault received a cross from Hannah Noel and shot to the right corner of the net. At the 71 minute mark, Fleischmann sent the ball flying at the net, but it was saved by Stephanie Jaques. With three more shots by MIT and zero by Roger Williams, the game went into overtime.

In the first 10 minute overtime period, both of MIT's shots, sent by juniors Ambika Krishnamachar (Darien, Conn.) and Jessica Ong (Oklahoma City, Okla.), had to be saved by Jaques, while Ullmann only had to make one save. With neither team able to score another goal, the game went into the second overtime period.

During the remaining 10 minutes, the Engineers were held to zero shots, while both shots fired at Ullmann had to be saved. Time elapsed and the game ended with a tie.

Roger Williams slightly outshot MIT, 11-10, with the Hawks' keeper making three saves compared to Ullmann's five. Rodriguez, Krishnamachar and sophomore Amma Okwara (Charlotte, N.C.) led the Engineers with two shots apiece.

Tech will open New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday, Sept. 21 when it hosts WPI at 1:00 p.m.