This release is courtesy of WPI Sports Information.
WORCESTER, Mass. – Freshman Kristen McCrea (Weymouth, MA) propelled the WPI women's soccer team into Sunday's NEWMAC Championship game with a golden goal 17 seconds in the second overtime to defeat visiting Springfield 1-0 Saturday afternoon at Alumni Stadium.
The Engineers (15-2-2), who are eighth in the NCAA Division III regional rankings, will face either MIT or Wheaton Sunday at 1pm for the tournament title and auto bid to the NCAA tournament.
McCrea knocked home a pass from graduate student Jaime Espinola (Greensboro, NC) to provide the heroics. WPI had a shot blocked and a header saved in the initial OT while Springfield looked to end it at 90:34; however, the shot went wide.
Senior Erin Bracken (Bridgewater, MA) fired a laser at that went high at 8:02. Later in the first, freshmanMackenzie Luiz (Newington, CT) tested sophomore Gabi Hoops (Stonington, CT) with attempts in the 34th and 36th minutes. Junior Mari Bailey (North Providence, RI) had a good look with 6:09 left in the half only to have it saved by junior Ciara Boucher (Manchester, CT). Junior Megan Hanshaw (Simsbury, CT) had a long-range boot halted by the Pride netminder in the 42nd minute.
Junior Mikaela Coady (Middletown, CT) missed by inches at the 48:40 and senior Julia Cormier (New Bedford, MA) fired at shot from 18-yards out at 50:33. Nearly three minutes later, Bracken dribbled the ball down the field twice. She ripped a shot on her second time only to have it saved by Boucher. Cormier had arguably the best try of regulation when her shot was denied by diving save by Hoops at 58:49. Just over two minutes later, the Pride had a close free kick that sailed high. WPI senior Lynn Renner (Aberdeen, SD) was just wide on a long free kick at 61:02. Junior Kim Quiles (Poughkeepsie, NY) was slightly off the mark at 71:41 and 73:20. The Engineers had a great chance late as senior Emma Turton (Poland, ME) fed McCrea in the 73rd only to have it go wide.
Hoops handled all four shots that came her way while Boucher stopped six.
The Engineers had the 16-14 edge in shots while Springfield was awarded eight of the 13 corner kicks.
Springfield bows out of the tournament with an 11-5-5 ledger.