MIT pushes past Haverford in penalty kicks to advance to Round 2
HAVERFORD, Pa. -- At the first round of the NCAA tournament, MIT advanced past Haverford in penalty kicks 4-2 in front of hundreds of screaming fans. The Engineers will face TCNJ in the second round of the tournament tomorrow.
Haverford kept pressure on the MIT defense in the first half, keeping senior goalie Meghan Wright on her toes for the entire 45 minute period. Before the game had reached its tenth minute, she already had three high saves. With eight minutes remaining in the half and a tied score at 0, junior Kaitlyn Nealon blocked a Haverford shot from about ten yards out.
Haverford's best chance at a goal came five minutes into the second period following an MIT foul, resulting in a free kick by Sarah Hoffman that went just high of the crossbar. One of the Engineers' best shots at a goal came in the 65th minute when freshman Jennifer Ibanez hit the crossbar. At the end of the second period, Wright had seven saves while the Fords' Robin Chernow had four.
Sophomore Ambika Krishnamachar took the lone shot of the first overtime period, which went slightly wide of the net. In the second ten minute period, MIT outshot Haverford 2-1.
Senior Andrea Park, sophomore Elena Gianatos, junior Rachel Dias Carlson and sophomore Michelle Battipaglia took part in the first round of penalty kicks, all of which were successful. Wright, who only allowed two of the four shots, had a great block on the second PK, booting the ball clear out of the net.