Double-Overtime Goal Lifts No. 9 Williams Past. No 15 MIT, 3-2

Senior Ashley Peter
Senior Ashley Peter

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Williams College sophomore Audrey Thomas (Bellevue, Wash.) netted two goals, including the game-winner in double-overtime at 108:31 as the No. 9 Ephs defeated No. 15 MIT, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon at Cole Field. Thomas located the back of the Engineers' goal on her team's ninth shot of the second overtime period following a pass from junior Mai Mitsuyama. 

Williams outshot MIT, 29-16, and held an advantage in corners, 10-6. MIT sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Ullmann (Princeton, N.J.) turned away five shots and Williams senior Hannah Van Wetter stopped three shots en route to her fourth victory of the season.

Thomas provided the Ephs with an early lead as she buried a feed from sophomore Kristi Kirshe (Franklin, Mass.) at 24:04. MIT senior Ambika Krishnamachar (Darrien, Conn.) tried to even the score with back-to-back shots, but her first attempt sailed wide, while Van Wetter stopped the second. Van Wetter preserved her team's advantage with back-to-back saves from junior Zara Perumal (Poway, Calif.) at 41:53 and senior Michelle Battipaglia (Katonah, N.Y.) at 43:28 as Williams took a 1-0 lead into the break. 
 
Perumal eventually found the back of her opponent's net at 46:53 as she registered her first goal of the season following a pass from Krishnamachar. Williams retained its initial advantage roughly 14 minutes later with a strike by sophomore Katie Wardlaw (San Marino, Calif.) that was set up by Kirshe at 60:51 before MIT evened the score with a goal by senior Ashley Peter (Manhasset, N.Y.) at 70:22 - her first marker of the season, which was set up by Krishnamachar.
 
MIT recorded just one shot in overtime by Battipaglia that was blocked. Williams attempted nine shots in the extra sessions, including the game-winning tally by Thomas. Kirshe and Thomas each fired shots prior to the clincher, which were both blocked.  
 
Tech will look to rebound on Tuesday, September 16 when they host Roger Williams University for a 4:00 p.m. kickoff, while Williams returns to action on Saturday, September 20 when they travel to Amherst College for a 12:00 p.m. start.