Engineering Cup Stays at Castle Point
HOBOKEN, N.J. (September 11, 2011) – Despite playing to a 2-2 draw with Ohio Northern University on Sunday afternoon, the Stevens Institute of Technology women's soccer team won the eighth annual Stevens Engineering Cup. The Ducks needed NYU to lose or tie, according to the point system set up for the Cup, and that's exactly what happened. The Violets fell to Ursinus College, 1-0, in the second match of the day.
In the draw to ONU, which ended in penalty kicks, just for Engineering Cup standing, went in favor of the Polar Bears, 5-3.
Stevens notched the first goal of the contest just 11:39 into the game off a corner kick by senior Kathleen Schuckers. Schuckers' kick went into the box, which was first shot by sophomore Bridgette Barden, but blocked and settled by fellow sophomore Lindsay Stoll. Stoll netted the loose ball to pick up her first goal of the season and give the Ducks and early 1-0 lead.
For her play over the weekend, Schuckers was named the Engineering Cup's Most Outstanding Offensive Player. She scored a goal and assisted on two others in two matches.
ONU had multiple opportunities to tie the game up with three consecutive corner kicks in the 25th minute, but strong Stevens defense turned away any threat the Polar Bears attempted. ONU had two shots from the three corners, one was blocked and the other sailed wide of the goal.
As the second half got underway, ONU took no time at all to deadlock the match. Freshman Kristina Klusek (Canton, Mich.) tallied a goal just 1:07 in the second 45-minute period off a cross from sophomore Lauren Brown (Portage, Mich.).
The Polar Bears then took a 2-1 lead in the 58th minute off a 25-yard strike by senior Alyssa Merrick (New Palestine, Ind.). Senior Chelsea Chadwick (Monclova, Ohio) assisted on the score.
As time was winding down in regulation, Schuckers brought the ball along the endline in ONU's zone and found junior Brittany Odgers in the middle of the 18. Odgers took the feed and beat Polar Bears goalkeeper, junior Erin Waehner (Libertville, Ill.) to force the eventual sudden death overtime.
With Odgers' tally, seven different Ducks players have scored a goal so far this season.
In the first 10-minute frame, neither team was able to take a shot, thus playing a game of ball control until time ran out. As the final overtime period started, ONU attempted two shots in the first four minutes, but neither shot was on goal. The Ducks also took two shots and came away with the same result as ONU and ended the contest in a 2-2 tie.
Just for Engineering Cup purposes, the match went into a penalty shootout to name a winner. Both teams traded goals for the first three players, but after ONU netted its fourth straight, Stevens was not as fortunate and ended on the wrong end of a 5-3 outcome.
Sophomore Catherine Keough played all 110 minutes of action in the draw and recorded six saves. Keough was tested early and often in the first half, as ONU took 10 shots, but she turned away every strike on net (four).
ONU had a 21-15 advantage in shots but Stevens led the game in corners, 6-5, one of which led to a Ducks goal.
Stevens has won the Engineering Cup for the sixth time in its eight-year existence. NYU has won the other two times.
Point totals for Engineering Cup: Stevens 10, NYU 7, Ursinus 7, ONU 4.
The Ducks travel to Vassar College on Wednesday for a 4:30 p.m. start and the beginning of a three-game roadtrip.
NYU-Ursinus match: NYU could have secured its third Engineering Cup title with a win or tie (and win in PKs), but Ursinus College downed the Violets, 1-0. The match was deadlocked up until the 74th minute when a corner kick by the Bears slipped past the diving Violets goalkeeper to a wide open Ursinus defender. If the match went into a penalty shootout, and NYU came out ahead, the Violets would have won the Cup by way of the point system set up. NYU's Karli Masengale (Broadlands, Va.) was named the Most Oustanding Defensive Player.