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October 17, 2017

Nichols' Golden Goal Sends No. 13 MIT Over Babson, 2-1, In Double OT

THE BASICS: 

Score: No. 13 MIT 2, Babson College 1 (2OT)

Records: No. 13 MIT (15-1-0, 7-0-0 NEWMAC), Babson College (6-7-2, 3-2-2 NEWMAC) 

Location: Babson Park, Mass. (Hartwell-Rogers Field)

The Lead: Junior Hailey Nichols (Boulder, Colo.) registered her fifth goal of the season off a corner kick by Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.) 2:51 into the second overtime session to lift the No. 13 MIT women's soccer team to a 2-1 win over Babson College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) match on Tuesday afternoon in Babson Park.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- MIT nearly scored the game's first goal 3:03 into the first half when junior Shannon Miller (Pittsford, N.Y.)chipped the ball towards net, but it went off the fingertips of Maddison Gierschick and over the crossbar. Babson, however, broke the scoreless match in the 22nd minute when Emma Dineen lined a shot from 30-yards out into the upper corner of the net to give the hosts a 1-0 lead. Dineen's goal marked her sixth of the season.

- The nationally-ranked Engineers answered just 1:44 later to even the game prior to halftime. Senior Julia Goupil (Los Altos, Calif.) played a through ball to classmate Olivia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.), who deposited her team-leading ninth goal of the season past Gierschick to tie the game 1-1.

- The score would remain the same for the final 67 minutes of the match as the game was destined for extra time. As time expired in regulation, Amy Apostol (Los Gatos, Calif.) lined a shot at an empty net, but Babson's Colleen Beggan cleared it off the line to send the game to overtime. In the second overtime session, prior to the game winning goal by Nichols, MIT senior Jacqueline Simmons (Houston, Texas) had two shots at net to end the it, but her first attempt was blocked down and two seconds later her second attempt was saved by Gierschick.

- One minute later, MIT was awarded its seventh corner kick of the game. Berzolla lined up for the team's seventh corner kick of the match and found the foot of Nichols, who kicked the ball into the net past Gierschick to give the Engineers the 2-1 double overtime victory. Berzolla's corner kick marked her 13th assist of the season and moved her into second place on the all-time single season assist category in the record books.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Berzolla's corner kick marked her 13th assist of the season, which leads the conference and is second-most among all NCAA Division III women's soccer student-athletes. Her assist also gives her 21 points (4 goals, 13 assists), which now leads the NEWMAC this fall.

- MIT keeper Lily Mueller (Lakeville, Minn.) improved to 14-1 this season with two saves in net for the Engineers, while Gierschick (6-7-2) stopped the ball six times for the Beavers. 

- The Engineers earned their first win in Babson Park since the 2014 campaign when MIT defeated Babson by a 3-0 final on October 25, 2014. Additionally, MIT picked up its ninth win (9-24-7) in the all-time series against Babson, which dates back to 1985. 

- MIT is now 2-0 in overtime games this fall as the Engineers also defeated Clark University by a 2-1 final back on Friday, September 29 in one overtime session.

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns home on Saturday, September 21 when the Engineers host Springfield College at 1:00 p.m. in a NEWMAC match. Prior to the game, MIT will honor its senior class in a pregame ceremony. Babson welcomes Emerson College the same day for a conference game beginning at 11:30 a.m. 

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