EWING TOWNSHIP, N.J. - At the first round of the 2013 NCAA Division III on Saturday afternoon, the Rochester Institute of Technology advanced over the MIT women's soccer team in penalty kicks, 4-3, following a scoreless 110 minutes of play. This was the third consecutive game the Engineers played that went to penalty kicks. The Tigers improved to 12-4-4 and will play host The College of New Jersey tomorrow afternoon, while MIT ended their season with a record of 13-2-6. In the program's 28 year history, the Cardinal and Gray have never had so few losses in a season.
Neither team was able to settle at the start of the game and the ball spent the better part of the first 45 minutes switching possession. A shot by sophomore Amma Okwara (Charlotte, N.C.) at the 33 minute mark was the first one of the game. Freshman keeper Lauren Ullmann (Princeton, N.J.) had her first and only touch of the period with less than three minutes remaining in the half when she saved a shot by Caitlyn Daly, while RIT goalie Amanda Murray saw no action, as both MIT shots went wide of the net.
Ullmann saw a bit more action in the second half, having to save three shots throughout the entire period. MIT took four shots during this period, with two close calls sent by freshman Kathleen Chen (Chappaqua, N.Y.) and junior Ambika Krishnamachar (Darien, Conn.) having to be saved by Murray. With just six shots taken from both teams throughout the 90 minutes and the score still locked at zero, the game went into overtime.
During the first overtime period, neither team was able to take a single shot. With three corner kicks by Daly compared to one for MIT by junior Elena Gianotas (Trabuco, Canyon, Calif.), the first 10 minutes was soon over and the game went to the second overtime period. During that time, the Tigers outshot the Engineers, 4-2, with RIT taking four consecutive shots at the MIT goal, with two of them being saved by Ullmann. Shots by junior Michelle Battipaglia (Katonah, N.Y.) and Krishnamachar went wide and, with the score still tied at 0-0, the game went to penalty kicks, something with which the Engineers are very familiar.
Out in the middle of the field, standing in a straight line beside the Tigers, the Engineers took the first shot. Senior Rachel Dias Carlson (Albany, N.Y.) and sophomores Morgan Moroi (New Albany, Ohio) and Zara Perumal (Poway, Calif.) all converted their penalty kicks, but four RIT players were successful in their attempts, ending the game.
Tech was outshot, 10-8, in this very defensive game. Ullmann earned the tie and ended her first collegiate season in net with a record of 11-2-6, stopping six shots throughout her 110 minutes, while Murray had to save just two shots.