No. 9 MIT Defeats WPI Women's Soccer in NEWMAC Tournament Semifinal Clash

Team Photo - WPI Women's Soccer 2021

Cambridge, MA --- The WPI women's soccer team's NEWMAC Tournament run came to a close in the semifinals Thursday night as the squad fell to nationally-ranked MIT 3-0.  

The Engineers now boast a 11-6-3 record, the sixth-straight season WPI won at least 10 games in a single season. 

No. 1 Seed MIT (18-1-1) advances to the NEWMAC Championship game where it will face Springfield who advanced from its semifinal round matchup via a shootout over Wheaton to earn its spot in the finals on Nov. 6 at noon. 

As a regionally ranked squad, fourth-ranked WPI holds out hope for an NCAA At-Large bid which will be announced Nov. 8 at 1pm on NCAA.com 

Karenna Groff (Weston, MA) netted the would-be game-deciding goal in the ninth minute of action, her eighth of the season. Groff took a pass out from Meagan Rowlett (Dana Point, CA) and put a shot into the corner of the net for the 1-0 advantage.  

Ashley English (Sheboygan, WI) made it a 2-0 game in the 13th minute. Rowlett once again started things off sending a pass the way of English, who put it into the corner of the goal for the two-goal advantage before the half.  

In the second half, Rowlett was the one to finish this time, netting her 11th goal of the season. Groff raced down the sideline and paid back Rowlett for her earlier helper with a touch pass that Rowlett corralled and put into the back of the net.  

MIT, the ninth-ranked team in this week's United Soccer Coaches Top 25, controlled the majority of the offense on the night outshooting the Engineers 18-5 with eight of those shots coming on goal. Lauren Paul (Schaghticoke, NY) saw all 90 minutes of action in net making five saves. For MIT, Lauren Castle (Ridgefield, CT) started the night in goal, facing one shot and making one save in the first half while Ava Gillikin (Flemington, NJ) stepped in, in relief making one save to complete the combined shutout.  

Sofia Orrico (Bethel, CT), Ashleigh Matsis (Milford, NH), Ranya Basma (Shirley, MA), Hannah Wolfgang (Holliston, MA) and Elizabeth Rocco (Fresh Meadows, NY) all notched shot for the Engineers, who were led by head coach Steph Riley-Schafer and co-head coach Sue Silva.