Apostol's Golden Goal Gives No. 24 MIT Second Straight NEWMAC Crown

Apostol's Golden Goal Gives No. 24 MIT Second Straight NEWMAC Crown

THE BASICS:

Score: No. 24 MIT 2, Springfield College 1 (OT)

Records: No. 24 MIT (16-2-3); Springfield College (14-5-1)

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

The Lead: Senior captain Amy Apostol (Los Gatos, Calif.) found the back of the net just 1:11 into the first overtime period to give the MIT women's soccer team a 2-1 win over second-seeded Springfield College and its second straight New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship title.

For her efforts, MIT junior Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.) was named as the Tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

SCORING SUMMARY:

- 13th minute (12:12) - Springfield 1, MIT 0: Springfield sophomore forward Sara Swetland gave the Pride an early 1-0 lead after she finished a bouncing cross through the box from senior Amanda Wright.

- 13th minute (12:34) - MIT 1, Springfield 1: The Engineers knotted the game up at 1-1 just 22 seconds later when Apostol played the ball on one touch at the top of the box to freshman Karenna Groff (Weston, Mass.) and she buried the ball into the right corner of the net for her 12th goal of the season.

- 92nd minute (91:11) - MIT 2, Springfield 1: A corner kick by Berzolla set up the game winning goal as sophomore Maya Nielan (Danville, Calif.) headed the ball off the crossbar and it dropped right to the right foot of Apostol, who tapped it into the right side for the golden goal.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Today's win for the Engineers secured their second straight NEWMAC Championship and fifth overall in program history.  

- MIT held an 18-9 advantage in shots (10-4 on goal), while each team took six corner kicks.

- MIT keeper Lily Mueller (Lakeville, Minn.) improved to 16-2-3 as she made three saves on four shots against, while Springfield keeper Jackie Davis stopped the ball eight times over 91:11 minutes.

- The Engineers entered today 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.

- In two meetings against Springfield this year, MIT outscored the Pride by a 5-2 margin after defeating Springfield on the road back on October 20. 

UP NEXT: 

- MIT earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament which will begin next weekend with today's win. The Engineers will find out where and who they will be playing when the NCAA releases its selections via an online selection show scheduled for Monday at 1:30 pm. The selection show can be viewed at www.ncaa.com.

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