BOSTON - Engineers senior Olivia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) finished her regular-season career with a pair of goals, including the game-winner in the 65th minute, leading the No. 14 MIT Engineers over the Emerson Lions, 2-1 on Saturday evening at Rotch Field in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference season finale.
Struckman created her own shot on the game-winner, collecting the ball from 30-yards away on the left wing, dribbling and cutting toward the middle and ripping a shot from the top of the penalty area, beating Lions senior Laura Gartelman (Hamburg, N.Y.) for a 2-1 lead. Struckman's second goal of the game padded her league-lead in goals that now sits at 13.
The Engineers were on the board just five minutes into the match as senior Olivia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) scored. On a cross from the right-wing by sophomore Montana Reilly (Los Angeles, Calif.), Struckman gave the Engineers a 1-0 lead, finishing from 10-yards out into the wide open net.
The lead wouldn't last for long as in the 21st minute Lions junior Jess Frost (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) squared the match at 1-1. Junior Alexandra Hanson (Fresno, Calif.) set up the play with a deep shot that nearly scored over the MIT goalkeeper's head. Junior Lilly Mueller (Lakeville, Minn.) was able to parry the ball successfully, but the rebound fell to Frost, who scored her fourth of the season from just two yards out.
Senior Alexandra Levin (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) nearly tied the match at 2-2 with 12 minutes remaining in the match, but her shot from 35-yards out just crept over the bar.
In her final start, Gartelman finished with five saves on seven shots. Mueller gets the win making one save while improving to an impressive 16-1-1 on the season.
The loss drops the Lions to 3-11-2 (3-7 NEWMAC) while the victory lifts the Engineers to 17-1-1 (9-0-1). The Lions season concludes with the loss to the Engineers on Senior Day where Gartelman, Levin, and fellow senior Laura McGuire (Warwick, R.I.) were all recognized for their contributions to the program before the match.
The Engineers 9-0-1 conference record gives them the top-seed in the NEWMAC Playoff and a first-round bye. The Engineers return to the field on Thursday against the winner of the 4-seed vs. 5-seed match on Tuesday evening.