Cambridge, MA --- The WPI women's soccer team saw its impressive run in the 2019 NEWMAC Tournament come to an end Saturday evening with a 3-0 loss to nationally-ranked MIT. The Crimson and Gray had advanced to the title match with 4-0 victories earlier in the week at home versus Wheaton and Babson.
The title is the third straight for MIT after WPI won the 2016 championship. In fact, after WPI's title game win in 2016, MIT is 36-0-2 versus NEWMAC opponents with the only blemishes ties against WPI in 2017 and 2018. The win also extended MIT's unbeaten streak at home to 48 matches which is eighth longest in NCAA Division III Women's Soccer history.
The victory for MIT, which is ranked fifth in the United Soccer Coaches Top 25, is 19-1-2 and secured an automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Division III Championship Tournament, which begins next weekend. WPI, which is ranked ninth in the latest NCAA Division III New England rankings, is 16-5-1 overall with three of its five losses to No. 1 MIT and No. 3 Tufts. Selections for the tournament will take place on NCAA.com on Monday, November 11 at 1pm.
After a scoreless first half, MIT scored the first goal of the match on an own goal. Emily Berzolla (Riverside, CT.), the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, was sent a cross through the box and the ball took a hard deflection off a WPI defender and went into the back of the net at 46:59. In the 69th minute, Karenna Groff (Weston, MA) registered her 16th goal of the season after she finished a cross from the right side from senior Claire O'Callaghan (Sherborn, MA) MIT capped the at 83:52 as O'Callaghan notched her third goal of the year off a through ball from 30 yards out from senior Montana Reilly (Los Angeles, CA).
MIT keeper Ava Gillikin (Flemington, NJ) improved to 16-0-2 and earned her tenth solo shutout of the season with three saves for the hosts tonight, while WPI keeper Mandy St. Germain (Upton, MA) recorded ten saves over 90 minutes for the visiting Engineers.
MIT held a 20-7 advantage in shots and a 6-3 edge in corner kicks.
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