No. 5 Women's Soccer Advances to NEWMAC Title Match with 3-0 Win Over Springfield

Photo by DSPics.com
Photo by DSPics.com

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 5 MIT 3, Springfield College 0

- Records: No. 5 MIT (18-1-2); Springfield College (11-6-3)

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

- The Lead: The No. 5 nationally-ranked and top-seeded MIT women's soccer team defeated fourth-seeded Springfield College, 3-0, in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship Tournament Semifinals on a rainy Thursday night in Cambridge.

The victory for MIT secured its fourth straight berth in the NEWMAC title game which will be played on Saturday, November 9 on Roberts Field at 5:00 pm against third-seeded WPI.

SCORING SUMMARY:

- 28th minute (27:00) - Senior captain Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.) registered her ninth goal of the season which came as a penalty kick midway through the opening stanza. Berzolla is now 4-for-4 on penalty kicks this year.

- 43rd minute (42:32) - Prior to the halftime break, MIT doubled its advantage as first-year Brigette Wang (Clarksville, Md.) put the ball into the right corner of the net after the initial attempt on a penalty kick shot by Eva Anderson (Edina, Minn.) was saved by Springfield keeper Caitlin Normoyle.

- 48th minute (47:15) - Senior Allie Werner (Tyler, Texas) tallied her third goal of the year after she received the ball from sophomore Karenna Groff (Weston, Mass.) off a great feed from the 40-yard line.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- MIT improved to 16-11-9 all-time in the NEWMAC Tournament and to 3-3-3 against Springfield in league tournament contests. The Engineers have now won the last three playoff meetings between the two teams, all of which have come over the past three seasons.

- MIT keeper Ava Gillikin (Flemington, N.J.) improved to 15-0-2 and earned her ninth solo shutout of the season with three saves for the Engineers tonight, while Normoyle took the loss (3-2-1) with five saves over 90 minutes for the Pride.

- The Engineers outshot Springfield by a 14-7 margin and took six of the game's eight corner kicks.

- MIT made its first-ever appearance in the top-5 in the United Soccer Coaches Division III National Poll as the Engineers were ranked fifth this week. MIT also is currently ranked seventh in the D3Soccer.com National Poll and first in the NCAA Division III Regional Rankings. Coming into today's match, Springfield was ranked tenth in the region by the NCAA.

- The Engineers extended their unbeaten streak at home to 47 matches which is now tied for eighth longest in NCAA Division III Women's Soccer history with Wheaton (Illinois), which accomplished the feat from 2002-06. 

UP NEXT:

- MIT will play in its fourth straight NEWMAC title match on Saturday as the top-seeded Engineers will host third-seeded WPI on Saturday, November 9 at 5:00 pm on Roberts Field in Cambridge.

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