CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- Coast Guard women's soccer closes out a historic season with a 1-0 setback in their first ever New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) semifinal game against top seeded MIT on Thursday night.
Coast Guard finished their record-breaking season at 11-7-1. The 11 wins this season are the most wins in a season and of course their first NEWMAC semifinal appearance. This senior class, Kali Borden, Riley Cassidy, and Anna Niedermeyer leave their final season with the most wins in program history, with 33.
MIT advances to the NEWMAC championship with a record of 15-2-3.
MIT offense started from the first whistle with two shots in the first two minutes of play. Coast Guard defense shut them down, blocking the first shot and freshman goalkeeper Katharina Commins made a big save on the second shot to hold off the Engineer's momentum. MIT fired away in the 24th minute with a point blank shot by Emily Berzolla but Commins was there to make the stop.
Coast Guard's first shot on goal came in the 39th minute, when junior Claire Hurley took a shot from just outside the box but MIT senior goalkeeper Lily Mueller was there for the save. Commins finished the half with six saves, including one in the final three seconds to keep the score 0-0 heading into halftime.
MIT took the 1-0 lead, three minutes into the second half as Sophia Struckman received a through ball from Shannon Miller to score her 14th goal of the season. Coast Guard had their best opportunity of the half in the 75th minute when Felicia Lombardi took a shot that was blocked by a MIT defender. MIT held the advantage in shots, 22-7, and in corner kicks, 8-3.
Commins finished the night with 10 saves and completed her first season at 10-6-1. Mueller had three saves for MIT and improves to 15-2-3 on the season.