Women’s Soccer Falls to MIT; Qualifies for Tournament
NEW LONDON, Conn.-Junior Ambika Krishnamachar had a hand in all five MIT goals (scoring 2, assisting on 3) as the Engineers defeated Coast Guard 5-1 on Saturday at the CGA Track and Field Complex. The victory gives MIT (13-2-3, 7-1-1 NEWMAC) a share of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference regular season title while Coast Guard finishes the regular season at 6-10-2 (3-5-2 NEWMAC).
Despite the loss Coast Guard gained a bid to the NEWMAC Tournament for the first time since 2003 when Smith dropped a 1-0 decision to Wheaton earlier in the afternoon. The seventh-seeded Bears will play at second-seeded Wheaton in the first round on Tuesday.
MIT got on the board first with junior Ashley Peter's first goal of the season in the sixth minute. Peter found herself wide open after taking a pass from Krishnamachar at the top of the 18-yard box and, after a couple of dribbles, beat Coast Guard junior goalkeeper Holly Moore to the far side for an early 1-0 advantage for the Engineers.
The Engineers were able to double their lead when Krishnamachar delivered the goal of the year in the 29th minute. After getting around her defender Krishnamachar let fly a high-arcing shot over the head and outstretched body of Moore, rippling the net.
Just 14 seconds later MIT would get another when Krishnamachar would deliver her second assist of the afternoon on a breakaway. After a Coast Guard turnover on the restart, Krishnamachar found herself streaking down the outside with the ball and delivered a cross to sophomore Morgan Moroi whose one-timer gave MIT a 3-0 edge.
Freshman Terry Netusil would get the Bears on the board in the 40th minute when junior Liz Runci was able to tap a 50-50 ball away from MIT freshman goalkeeper Lauren Ullmann during a collision. Netusil would drill a one-timer from about eight yards out for her fourth score of the season to cut the deficit to 3-1 and inject some life into the team and crowd.
Any momentum gained by the Netusil goal was negated less than four minutes into the second half when Krishnamachar tallied her second goal of the match. After taking a through ball from Moroi, Krishnamachar got past Moore who slipped on the play and buried her shot into the back of the empty net to give the Engineers a 4-1 lead.
MIT would add an insurance goal in the 69th minute when Krishnamachar would send a cross from the end line (at the edge of the six yard box) and sophomore Zara Perumal would send a header past Moore to make it 5-1 with her first goal of the season.
The Engineers finished the match with a 17-6 advantage in shots (9-5 on goal) and gained three corner kicks to two for Coast Guard. Moore finished the match with four saves for Coast Guard while Ullmann recorded none for MIT in getting the victory. In the second half freshman Tamar Weseley recorded four for MIT while senior Devin Fellman finished the game for the Bears off the bench.