MIT tops TCNJ in double overtime to advance in NCAA tournament
HAVERFORD, Pa. -- MIT topped TCNJ 1-0 in double overtime in the NCAA Championship second round match on Sunday at Haverford. Senior Emily Kuo scored the game-winning goal in the first minute of the second overtime period, heading the ball in after a cross from freshman Priyanka Gaur.
Five minutes in, TCNJ's Katie Lindacher made a shot from inside the box that was blocked by junior Kaitlyn Nealon. A few minutes later, a shot went past senior keeper Meghan Wright, but hit the right post and was booted out by junior Samantha Fleischmann.
In the 20th minute, TCNJ took advantage of an open net, but junior Faith OBrian punted the ball out of the goal to prevent a score. At the end of the first half, the Lions outshot the Engineers 15-5.
With a score of zero going into the second period, the Cardinal and Gray continued to fight. In the first ten minutes, Wright made two vital saves just eight seconds apart. Twenty seconds later, the Lions had two of their best chances at a goal. The first shot went to the left of the near post in the 56th minute and then another hit the crossbar just above Wright.
With 13 minutes remaining in the game, the ball was almost knocked into the opposing net after deflecting off a TCNJ player but it was saved. With one second remaining in the half, OBrian shot from 20 yards out but hit the left post, sending the game into overtime.
In the second ten minute overtime period, Lindacher shot just past the left post, narrowly missing the net. With four minutes left on the clock, Kuo headed the ball into the net, ending the game.
The College of New Jersey outshot MIT 31-11. Griffith made seven saves, while Wright had 13.