No. 24 Women's Soccer Sinks Coast Guard, 1-0, in NEWMAC Semifinals

No. 24 Women's Soccer Sinks Coast Guard, 1-0, in NEWMAC Semifinals

THE BASICS:

Score: No. 24 MIT 1, Coast Guard 0

Records: MIT (15-2-3); Coast Guard (11-7-1)

Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium)

The Lead: A goal by junior Sophia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) in the 48th minute was the difference for the No. 24 MIT women's soccer team as the top-seeded Engineers blanked fourth-seeded Coast Guard, 1-0, in the semifinals of the 2018 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament.

With the win, MIT advanced to its third straight championship match and will host second-seeded Springfield College on Saturday, November 3 at 1:00 pm. The Engineers will be looking for their second straight league title and fifth in program history.

SCORING SUMMARY:

- 48th minute (47:47) - MIT 1, Coast Guard 0: Struckman gave the Engineers the only goal they would need when she finished a through ball inside the box from senior Shannon Miller (Pittsford, N.Y.). Struckman took three steps inside the box and buried it past the outstretched hands of Bears keeper Katharina Commins.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- MIT came into today's match ranked sixth in the latest NCAA Division III New England regional poll, 21st in the D3Soccer.com national poll and 24th in the United Soccer Coaches national poll.

- Struckman's goal tonight marked her 14th of the year, which ties what her sister Olivia accomplished last season. The 14 goals that both Struckman's scored are the most by a student-athlete in one season since 2012 when Emily Kuo had 13.

- MIT outshot Coast Guard, 22-7 overall and 11-3 on goal. Additionally, the Engineers held an 8-3 advantage in corner kicks as they took four in each half.

- MIT keeper Lily Mueller (Lakeville, Minn.) made three saves and picked up her seventh shutout of the season which is a new career-high for the senior. Commins stopped the ball ten times for the Bears and fell to 10-7-1 to close her season.

- The Engineers improved to 19-1-1 in the all-time series against the Bears which dates back to 2000.

UP NEXT:

- MIT will host the NEWMAC Championship match and play second-seeded Springfield College on Saturday, November 3 at 1:00 pm. This will be the fifth meeting in the league's title game between the Engineers and the Pride. In the four previous matches, MIT is 2-0-2 and has won the championship contest each time.

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