Women's Soccer Suffers 2-1 2OT Loss to No. 9/13 MIT

Women's Soccer Suffers 2-1 2OT Loss to No. 9/13 MIT

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Junior Hailey Nichols (Boulder, Colo.) scored 2:51 into the second overtime to help No. 9 D3soccer.com/No. 13 United Soccer Coaches MIT pull out a 2-1 victory over Babson College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's soccer action on Tuesday afternoon at Hartwell-Rogers Field.

Babson, which had its three-game winning and four-game unbeaten streaks snapped, falls to 6-7-2 overall and 3-2-2 in conference play, while MIT improves to 15-1-0 overall and 7-0-0 in the NEWMAC.

Junior Emma Dineen (Hindsdale, Ill.) had a goal and classmate Maddison Gierschick (Hopkinton, Mass.) made six saves for the Beavers. Senior Colleen Beggan (Medfield, Mass.) also cleared a goal off the line in the waning seconds of regulation.

Senior Olivia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) had a goal and classmate Julia Goupil (Los Altos, Calif.) chipped in with an assist for the Engineers, who got a pair of saves from junior goalkeeper Lily Mueller (Lakeville, Minn.).

The Green and White took a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute when Dineen ripped a 30-yard rocked from the left flank over the head of Mueller for her sixth goal of the season. MIT answered just over two minutes later though, as Struckman notched her ninth marker of the year by putting away a long through ball from Goupil.

Both goalkeepers were tested in the opening stanza as Gierschick tipped a shot by Engineers' junior ShannonMiller (Pittsford, N.Y.) over the bar in the fourth minute, while Mueller came off her line to take the ball off the foot of Babson junior Jessica Fernandes (Pawtucket, R.I.), who broke into the box all alone after stealing a back pass in the 17th minute.

Gierschick kept the game deadlocked by punching a shot by MIT senior Jane Fessenden (Orinda, Calif.) off the crossbar before recovering the loose ball in the 58th minute. Mueller dove to her left to punch away a another blast by Dineen from the left side of the box in the 82nd minute, before Beggan helped the Beavers get the game to extra time by clearing junior Amy Apostol's (Los Gatos, Calif.) shot off the goal line with a second remaining.

Dineen missed just wide nearly four minutes into the first overtime before MIT scored the golden goal less than three minutes into the second period. Following a foul on the left side of the box, sophomore Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Calif.) served a free kick into the box that slipped past Gierschick to the foot of Nichols, who buried the rebound for her fifth goal of the season.

The Engineers finished with a 19-11 edge in shots, while both teams attempted seven corner kicks.

Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson hosts Emerson at 11:30 a.m., while MIT takes on Springfield at 1 p.m.

GAME NOTES
• The Beavers are now 24-9-7 all-time against MIT.
• With Tuesday's loss, Babson falls to 0-3-2 in overtime this season.
• Tuesday's loss is just the third over the Beavers' last 35 games when scoring the first goal of the match.

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