August 30, 2014

MIT Women's Soccer Sneaks Past RPI, 1-0 (2OT)

Jennifer Ibanez's game-winning goal (VIDEO)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior Jennifer Ibanez (West Windsor, N.J.) scored the game's lone goal with 5:04 remaining in the second overtime period to provide MIT's women's soccer team with a 1-0 a non-conference victory against RPI on Saturday afternoon at Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium.

Ibanez located the back of RPI's goal after receiving a pass over the middle from freshman Olivia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) before maneuvering past freshman goalkeeper Tori Riopelle (Ashburn, Va.), who dashed out of her team's box to challenge the attempt. Riopelle deflected an initial shot before Ibanez collected the loose ball and dribbled into the Engineers' box for the clincher.

MIT finished the contest with 17 shots, including nine attempts in the second half. RPI fired nine shots, two coming in the final overtime session, but sophomores goalie Lauren Ullmann (Princeton, N.J.) and defenseman Victoria Gregory (Syracuse, N.Y.) each denied one attempt. Ullman, who pitched her second shutout in goal this weekend, finished with four saves, while Riopelle (Ashburn, Va.) registered two stops.

Ibanez paced the Engineers with six shots, four on net. Struckman and senior co-captain Ambika Krishnamachar (Darrien, Conn.) attempted three shots, respectively, and combined for four shots on goal. RPI senior Dana Sailor (Londonderry, N.H.) led the Engineers with three shots.

Tech improved to 2-1 all-time against RPI and earned its first win against the Engineers since 2004, their first meeting.

MIT will return to action next Tuesday, September 2 when they travel to Worcester State University for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff, while RPI travels to Endicott College tomorrow for a 2 p.m. match.