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MIT Edged By Middlebury, 1-0, In the First Round Of the NCAA Tournament

MIT Edged By Middlebury, 1-0, In the First Round Of the NCAA Tournament

This release is courtesy of MIT Sports Information.

THE BASICS:

Scores: Middlebury College 1, MIT 0 (NCAA Tournament First Round)

Records: MIT (17-6-1), Middlebury College (14-4-0)

Location: Hoboken, N.J. (De Baun Athletic Complex)

The Lead: The MIT women's soccer team fell to Middlebury College, 1-0, in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday evening at the De Baun Athletic Complex. MIT closes a fantastic season at 17-6-1 overall as the Engineers set a new program record for the most wins in a single year, while Middlebury advances to the second round and will face No. 6/9 ranked Stevens Institute of Technology tomorrow at 5:00 p.m.

HOW IT HAPPENED:


- The difference in the game came on a goal by Middlebury's Amanda Dafonte in the 61st minute. Dafonte took the ball moved towards the top of the box and fired a shot into the upper half of the net just over the outstretched hands of MIT senior keeper Lauren Ullmann (Princeton, N.J.)

- Late in the second half, MIT had a pair of scoring opportunities to try and even the game, but came up just short. At the 78:41 mark, sophomore Allie Hrabchak (Princeton, N.J.) received a great cross from junior Olivia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and roped a shot towards Middlebury keeper Ursula Alwang, but Alwang corraled the ball to keep the Engineers off the board.

- With less than two minutes to play freshman Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.) rocketed a shot at the empty left side of the net, but the ball richocheted off the post and off of Alwang. The ball trickled towards the goal line when it hit off of Alwang's body, but she gathered it and held MIT scoreless.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Middlebury outshot MIT by a 12-6 margin, but the Cardinal and Gray held a 4-3 differential in corner kicks. The Engineers registered three shots in both halves to total their six - four of which came from Berzolla.

- Ullmann made three saves in between the pipes for the Engineers as her record moved to 17-6-1 and she closes her career with an overall mark of 54-19-12 with 25 shutouts in 87 games. Alwang made one save for the Panthers to improve to 6-1-0 this year.

- Tonight marked the first-ever meeting between MIT and Middlebury.- MIT made its sixth appearance in the NCAA Tournament - fifth in the last six years - and is now 2-4-3 all-time in those nine contest.

- Coming into tonight's game, MIT had scored at least one goal in every game except for the team's opening contest against Brandeis University (1-0 loss). The streak lasted 22 games.