October 26, 2004

Gritty Engineers Stun Wellesley in Overtime, 2-1

Oct. 26, 2004

Box Score

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Junior Meghan O'Kane scored on a header in the 100th minute of Tuesday's tilt to lead MIT women's soccer (8-5-4, 4-3-2) to an improbable 2-1 victory over Wellesley College in the last game of the regular season and a pivotal NEWMAC battle. Wellesley (7-10, 3-6) dominated every facet of the game, except on the scoreboard, as sophomore Kat Vater made 15 saves to ensure Tech's season-high third straight win.

Wellesley outshot MIT, 27-9, including a 14-2 advantage in the first half. Vater made eight saves in the opening frame, including goal line stops against Jennifer Marcello and Anna Stanton. The Engineers scored on their only scoring chance of the half, as Amy Ludlum perfectly played a header by O'Kane in the 18th minute that resulted in the freshman's team-leading eighth goal of the season.

In the 51st minute, Wellesley's intense pressure finally yielded a goal as Satya Twena delivered a great pass to Erin Freeman, who chipped the ball into the left-hand corner for the equalizer. It was the first goal surrendered by Vater in 491 minutes. Wellesley had a chance for the game-winner late in regulation, but Vater stopped Marcello on the doorstep again to preserve the tie.

The Engineers surged in overtime, and began controlling the play for the first time since the match's opening minutes. In the 100th minute, Ashleigh Leonard one-touched a pass to O'Kane, who knocked in goal No. 3 for the campaign. With the win, MIT improves to 4-0-1 in its last five.