Women's Soccer Explodes For Four Goals In The Second Half To Take Down Emerson, 4-0

Sophomore Allie Hrabchak
Sophomore Allie Hrabchak

THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 4, Emerson College 0

- Records: MIT (14-4-1, 7-1-1 NEWMAC); Emerson College (9-9-0, 4-5-0 NEWMAC)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium)

- The Lead: Scoreless after the opening half, the MIT women's soccer team exploded for four goals in the second stanza to defeat Emerson College, 4-0, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Tuesday afternoon.

 With the win, MIT tied the program record for most wins in the regular season (14) and is one victory away from tying the program record for most wins in a single year (15 – 2014). Entering today's game, MIT was ranked No. 6 in the first NCAA Division III New England regional rankings and No. 8 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) New England regional rankings.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Just 20-seconds into the second half, the Engineers took the ball right off the whistle and moved it into the Lions' side of the field. The ball went from the foot of Julia Goupil (Los Altos, Calif.), who passed it to Amy Apostol (Los Gatos, Calif.) who then sent it to Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.). Berzolla found Allie Hrabchak (Princeton, N.J.), who running towards net, and passed the ball to her as Hrabchak buried her second goal of the season into the back right corner for the 1-0 advantage.

- Eleven minutes later, Berzolla doubled MIT's lead to 2-0 on a penalty kick that she fired past Emerson keeper Hannah Hodge. With her sixth goal of the season, Berzolla is now a perfect 2-for-2 on penalty kicks this year and for her career.

- Exactly eight minutes after Berzolla's PK Apostol registered her sixth of the year after taking a short pass from Hrabchak and shot the ball on a very high arc into the upper left corner of the net, extending the Engineers' lead to 3-0.

- MIT would add one more goal before time expired when sophomore Shannon Miller (Pittsford, N.Y.) sent a high ball into the box. It took a deflection off of an Emerson defender and found the foot of freshman Claire O'Callaghan (Sherborn, Mass.), who notched her fifth goal of the year at the 72:22 mark of the game.

- Emerson's best chance to score came with 9:45 to play in the first half when Veronica Alberts took a corner kick from the right side and found Paige Haley, who shot the ball towards the right side of the net, but MIT senior Elizabeth Porter (Brookfield, Conn.) cleared it off the line to keep the Lions off the board.

BEHIND THE NUMBERS:

- MIT held Emerson to just two shots the entire game – the fewest number of shots that MIT has allowed an opponent to take all season. The Engineers held a 17-2 advantage in shots this afternoon, while both teams took four corner kicks in 90-minutes played.

- Cardinal and Gray senior goalkeeper Lauren Ullmann (Princeton, N.J.) did not make a save in net today, but earned the win regardless to move to 14-4-1 this year, while Hodge dropped her first decision of the season (2-1-0), but stopped the ball eight times in the effort.

- The Engineers have scored at least one goal in all but the opening game of the year against Brandeis University – a 1-0 final - and now have 15 goals over their last four contests.

- MIT will clinch its fifth consecutive NEWMAC Regular Season Championship and a first round bye as well as the right to host the upcoming conference tournament with a combination of a win on Saturday and one loss or tie by WPI in its final two games.

UP NEXT:

- Both teams will close their regular season schedule with a NEWMAC contest on Saturday, October 29th. MIT will host the U.S. Coast Guard Academy at 5:00 p.m., while Emerson will welcome Clark University at 1:00 p.m. Before both games each team will honor its senior class in a pregame ceremony.

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