November 8, 2007

Hopmans' Overtime Winner Sends MIT to Semifinals of ECAC Championship

Nov. 7, 2007

Box Score

STANDISH, Maine - Senior Janine Hopmans scored her second game-winning goal of the season in the 91st minute to propel MIT past St. Joseph's, 1-0, in the quarterfinals of the ECAC New England Women's Soccer Championship. MIT, which secured the second most wins in program history with its 13th victory of the season, improved to an astounding 4-0-0 in overtime this year.

MIT (13-6-0) entered the ECAC Championship as the No. 5 seed, but handed St. Joseph's (16-2-3) its second loss of the season with a dominating performance. The Engineers out-shot the Monks, 22-9, and boasted an 8-2 advantage on corners. MIT hit the post several times throughout the tilt, but were fortunate to quickly find the net in the first overtime session.

Hopmans finally broke the deadlock during MIT's first attack downfield. Fellow senior Amy Ludlum continued her historic campaign by supplying the assist which resulted in Hopmans' eighth goal of the year. The set-up was Ludlum's 16th helper of the season, which ties the Institute record established by Rebecca Hill in 1992.

Junior Stephanie Brenman played well in net, stopping eight shots en route to her seventh shutout. Katie Mayo was terrific all afternoon and made 12 saves in a loss for the Monks. With the victory, MIT advances to the semifinals and will play at top-seed Brandeis University (10-6-2). The Judges defeated the Engineers, 3-2, in the season-opener for both teams.