Sept. 20, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Freshman Claire DeRosa knocked home a cross delivered by senior Amy Ludlum in the 98th minute as MIT upended Bridgewater State, 2-1, in overtime, at Steinbrenner Stadium, Thursday afternoon. The goal completed an unexpected comeback for the Cardinal and Gray, which won its second consecutive match in overtime despite being outshot, 31-11.
DeRosa's first career goal lifted the Engineers to victory, but it was the outstanding play of junior netminder Stephanie Brenman that enabled MIT (5-1-0) to secure the key non-conference win. Bridgewater State (1-4-0) generated a ton of opportunities in Thursday's tilt. The Bears' offense struck the post on six different occasions, while Brenman made a career-high 20 saves in a sensational effort.
Bridgewater State set the tone from the opening whistle, posting its first shot on net just 20 seconds into the match. In the ninth minute, the Bears broke the scoreless tie as sophomore Christine Soucy scored her second goal of the season with an easy finish in front of the net. Senior Courtney Mulcahy set up the score with a terrific cross from the right side of the pitch.
The Engineers kept Bridgewater off the board for the rest of the game, although the pressure in the first half was constant. The Bears posted 19 shots in the opening frame, but were unable to stretch their lead.
MIT finally answered in the 67th minute. Freshman Erica Little provided great touch on a 15-yard pass that split a pair of Bridgewater State defenders. Sophomore Liz Theurer, who was nestled between the defensive pressure, corralled the pass before sprinting ahead for a one-on-one chance with Bears' keeper Kayla Grover. With the whole net to work with, Theurer confidently fired a shot from 12-yards out that left no opportunity for a save.
The Engineers capitalized on the momentum garnered by Theurer's sixth finish of the campaign and somehow managed to neutralize Bridgewater's explosive speed for the rest of the match. Despite the resurgence, the Bears attack continued to prove dangerous. In a span of two minutes, sophomore Kaitlin Lamothe hit the crossbar twice, while Brenman made a spectacular diving save on a shot fired by junior Megan Williamson with less than three minutes left in regulation.
MIT took possession to start the overtime session and controlled the play for most of the period. On its first corner kick in the extra session, Ludlum played a great cross that landed in front of DeRosa with no one else around her. The rookie jumped at the chance and kicked a high-arching shot toward the top of the net from less than 10 yards out. Grover made a solid effort to save the goal-line chance, but the punching save attempt smacked the roof of the goal.
Although Ludlum was held without a goal for the first time this season, her assist on the game-winning finish served as her 100th career point. The senior from Mission Viejo, Calif., is just the second player in program history to achieve the offensive milestone.