- Score: No. 10 Messiah College 5, No. 13 MIT 0 (NCAA Tournament Sectional Semifinals)
- Records: No. 13 MIT (20-2-1); No. 13 Messiah College (17-2-3)
- Location: Ewing, N.J. (TCNJ's Soccer Complex)
- The Lead: The No. 13 MIT women's soccer team saw its historic season come to a close this afternoon in the NCAA Sectional Semifinals against No. 10 Messiah College, 5-0, at The College of New Jersey's Soccer Complex. MIT, which reached the Sectional Semifinals for the first time since 2012, ends the 2017 campaign with a record of 20-2-1, while Messiah moves on to face No. 1 TCNJ tomorrow afternoon in the Elite 8.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Messiah got on the board 8:04 into the opening stanza when Skylar Ulry took the game's first corner kick. Ulry's ball was punched away by MIT keeper Lily Mueller (Lakeville, Minn.), but went directly to the feet of Abby Monko, who lined the ball into the back of the net for the 1-0 lead.
- The Falcons got one more goal prior to the break when Emily D'Amico registered her sixth goal of the season off a cross by Ulry in the 33rd minute. The five-time NCAA champions held MIT without a shot over the first 45 minutes of the match.
- Messiah was able to secure the game with three goals in a span of 2:53 just ten minutes into the second half as the Falcons held a 5-0 advantage before the Engineers could get a shot away. During the stretch, Sarah Strachan, Barb Foster and Brooke Firestone all scored for Messiah.
- The Engineers attempted to climb back into the match after the outburst of goals as senior Olivia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.), sophomore Lily Bailey (Danvers, Mass.), classmate Sophia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and junior Amy Apostol (Los Gatos, Calif.) all were able to get shots off, but three of them were blocked down by Messiah's back line and one was saved by keeper Lydia Ewing.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Mueller made a pair of saves for MIT as she concluded the 2017 campaign with a record of 19-2-1, while Ewing improved to 15-2-1 with one save for the Falcons.
- Messiah out shot MIT, 18-4, and held a 10-1 advantage in corner kicks.
- MIT, which registered the first 20-win season in program history, finished one of its best seasons in program history. The Engineers held a record of 20-2-1, tied the best national ranking in program history as well as the furthest run into the NCAA Tournament and broke a number of team records including goals, assists, points, longest win streak.