Bears Second Half Surge Comes Up Just Short Against No. 13 Engineers

Rachel Boohar
Rachel Boohar

NEW LONDON, Conn. -  Coast Guard's comeback fell just short as the Bears fell to No. 13 MIT 2-1 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action Saturday afternoon.

With the loss, Coast Guard drops to 7-7 on the season and 3-4 in the conference while the Engineers improve to 14-1 overall and stay perfect in the NEWMAC at 6-0.

Sophomore Claire Hurley scored her fourth goal of the week moving her team leading total to five. Junior Kali Borden notched the teams only assist.

Sophomore Claire O'Callaghan and junior Amy Apostol each had three points for MIT with a goal and an assist.

The Engineers tested junior goalkeeper Rachel Boohar early on in the first half as Apostol snuck in behind the Coast Guard defense in the opening minutes of the game. Apostol's final touch let her down however, and Boohar slid in to collect the ball and end the attack.

Shortly after MIT scored their first goal of the game in the fifth minute as Apostol once again dribbled into the Coast Guard penalty box and fired a laser on goal. Boohar made the initial diving save but the rebound went right to O'Callaghan who deposited it in the back of the net for her second goal of the season.

In the ninth minute O'Callaghan tested Boohar once again firing a shot from the right side towards the near post. Boohar dove to her left pushing the ball out of play for an Engineers corner kick.

MIT found their second of the half in the 17th minute as O'Callaghan returned the favor to Apostol and found her with a cross on the Coast Guard penalty spot. Apostol one timed the shot into the right corner just out of the reach of Boohar, giving the Engineers a 2-0 lead.

Coast Guard had their best opportunity of the opening stanza late when freshman Felicia Lombardi got in just behind the MIT defense. Lombardi managed to hold of freshman Maya Nielan and fired a shot on goal. Junior goalkeeper Lily Mueller was quick off her line and closed-down Lombardi's space sliding in to block the shot. Senior Gabrielle Auzenbergs attempted to quickly fire the rebound on goal with Mueller off her line but put it just wide of the right post and out of play.

MIT kept up the pressure in the second half but Boohar rose to the occasion. Apostol once again slipped O'Callaghan in on the right side of the Bears penalty box early in the half. O'Callaghan fired a shot to the far post but Boohar dove to her right and pushed the shot wide for a corner kick.

Nielan tested Boohar next in the 58th minute as sophomore Emily Berzolla sent in a cross from the right side that found Nielan at the edge of the six-yard box. Nielan one-timed her shot but Boohar made a reflex kick save and the Coast Guard defense cleared the ball out of danger.

In the 66th minute, the Bears cut the deficit in half as Borden received a pass in the center of the pitch 30 yards out from goal. She took a touch to her left and then slid a pass back to her right splitting the Engineers defense. Hurley settled the pass, took a touch and placed her shot just inside the left post making the score 2-1.

Coast Guard had one final opportunity to find the equalizer as Hurley lined up a free kick from the right side of the MIT penalty box late in the half. Hurley's service however tailed just over the bar and out of play for the final offensive play of the game for the Bears.

Boohar (7-7) made eight saves on 10 shots on goal allowing the two first half goals. Boohar is fourth in the conference with 68 saves on the season.

Mueller (13-1) made one save on one shot on goal in the first half. Junior goalkeeper Chris Sacha came into the game in the second half to finish up the Engineers 14th win of the season making two saves on three shots on goal allowing the single tally.

Coast Guard is back in action on Tuesday, October 17th when they host the Emerson Lions in NEWMAC action. Opening kickoff is 7:00.

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