Krishnamachar scores game-winner at 67:44
NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College women's soccer team dropped a 3-2 setback to MIT on Tuesday evening in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) matchup at Mirrione Stadium.
Engineers' senior forward Ambika Krishnamachar (Darien, Conn./Phillips Academy) registered the game-winning goal in the 68th minute to keep the visitors undefeated in league play at 3-0-1. Junior forward Morgan Moroi (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany) tallied two goals in the first half, while sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Ulmann (Princeton, N.J./Princeton) stopped four shots.
Wheaton received goals from seniors Laila Razzaghi (Ringoes, N.J./Princeton Day School) and Lauren Corigliano (Roselle Park, N.J./Roselle Park), both of which came in the first half. Junior goalkeeper Ali Hinton (Lafayette, Colo./Alexander Dawson School) made three saves in the loss.
Tied 2-2 nearly midway through the second stanza, Krishnamachar gathered a through ball from first-year forward Olivia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) at the top left corner of the box and lofted a shot just off the hands of Hinton into the upper right corner of the net to push MIT ahead, 3-2, with her third goal of the season at the 67:44 mark.
Wheaton responded with four shots down the stretch in hopes of finding the equalizer but all of the Lyons' attempts on net went wide. Prior to her goal in the 68th minute, Krishnamachar also struck the crossbar with a header on a feed via Moroi from the right flank.
In the first half, the Lyons tackled their two goal deficit with composure as Razzaghi finished a low cross from the right sideline into the back of the net for her first goal of the season at 30:30 and Corigliano deposited her team-leading eighth marker of the year past Ulmann off of a free kick at 39:49. Wheaton sent two student-athletes running by the ball on its set piece before Corigliano stepped up and curled a shot that grazed the crossbar and ricocheted off of Ulmann into the goal to level the match at 2-2.
The Lyons held a slim 17-16 advantage in shots and a 3-1 margin in corners. Wheaton senior midfielder/forward Kelsee Howes (Maynard, Mass./Maynard) and Krishnamachar tied for the game-high in shots with six apiece.
Wheaton (7-5-1, 1-2-0 NEWMAC) travels to Springfield College for a NEWMAC clash this Saturday at 1 p.m. MIT (7-3-2, 3-0-1 NEWMAC) visits Clark University on Saturday in a conference matchup scheduled for 1 p.m.