#2 MIT Tops #6 Wheaton in NEWMAC Semifinals

Photo by Keith Nordstrom
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WORCESTER, Mass. – Two goals helped boost the MIT Engineers to a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Semifinals victory over the Wheaton College women's soccer team on Saturday at Alumni Stadium.

With the win, the Engineers improve to 17-4-1 on the season, while the Lyons move to 14-8. MIT now advances to the NEWMAC Championship game to battle top-seeded WPI on Sunday at 1 p.m. The winner get an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

In the first half, MIT Olivia Struckman found the upper left of the net for a goal off a pass from Emily Berzolla in the 26th minute to pull ahead 1-0. Seniors Megan Healy and Sydney Ferrell offered shots to try and break through to get Wheaton on the board, but came up just wide. 

With seven minutes left in the game, Allie Hrabchak knocked home a rebound off a shot on goal for to push the Engineers up by two. Healy offered one final shot for the Lyons in the final moments of the game, but bounced off the cross bar. 

Sophomore goalkeeper Leann Wolf (10-7) tallied seven saves in the game while first-year Alexa Barbagallo registered four.

MIT held the advantage in shots (22-5) and corner kicks (5-2).

The Lyons still have a chance to compete in the postseason with an at-large bid.

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