Bears Fall to Engineers

Senior Taylor Peace
Senior Taylor Peace

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Propelled by freshman Allie Hrabchak's hat trick, MIT topped Coast Guard 4-0 in both teams regular season finale.

With the loss the Bears finish the year at 7-11-0 and 2-8-0 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play. The Engineers end the season 11-6-2 overall and with a 8-2-0 conference record.

It was an unlucky start for Coast Guard as an attempted clearance in the sixth minute ricocheted off of Hrabchak and into the back of the net for her 10th goal of the season and a early 1-0 lead for MIT.

Freshman goalkeeper Rachel Boohar came up with two big saves in the first half as freshman Amy Apostol hit a bending shot to the right corner of the goal. Boohar dove to her right knocking the ball out of play to keep the Engineers lead at one.

Boohar then made a similar save as senior Jennifer Ibanez snapped a shot to the right corner off a free kick from the right side of the Bear's penalty box. Boohar once again dove to her to right pushing the ball away and out of danger.

Freshman Kali Borden was the first Coast Guard player to test junior goalkeeper Lauren Ullmann as she found space in the MIT penalty box and sent a shot on goal that forced Ullmann to make a save, sending the ball out of play for a Bear's corner.

At the 31:12 mark junior Annelise Steele beat her defender on the right side and then crossed the ball to Hrabchak. Hrabchak took a low shot that slid by Boohar, off the left post and into the back of the net for her 11th goal of the season.

Just over ten minutes into the second half Hrabchak completed her hat trick when sophomore Christina Dalzell was able to turn the corner at the touch line and make a service to the front of the goal. Hrabchak slid in and got a touch on the ball knocking it past Boohar for her 12th goal of the season.

Coast Guard put the Engineers under pressure with two consecutive plays as sophomore Gabby Auzenbergs found space on the right side and cracked a shot. The MIT defense, however closed quickly and blocked the strike, clearing it out of danger.

Junior Katie Clark was next as she dribbled through an opening in the Engineers back line to the top of the penalty box. Clark attempted a shot but was also blocked, and MIT once again cleared the ball out of their defending third.

The Engineers finished up the scoring in the 75th minute as an errant Coast Guard clearance found freshman Selin Selman at the top of the Bears 18 yard box. Selman took a one time looping shot that went over the head of a jumping Boohar and into the back of the net for her first collegiate goal securing a 4-0 win for MIT.

Boohar finishes her freshman season with a 6-11-0 record. Boohar made 11 saves on 23 shots, 15 on goal. She was relieved by freshman Anne Niedermeyer with 14:43 in the game as she made zero saves on zero shots on goal. Boohar finishes the season second in the conference with 113 saves putting her at seventh in Coast Guard history.

Junior Laura Ullmann and junior Hannah Zlotnick combined for the shutout as Ulmann made two saves on five shots, two on goal.

Today was the final game for seniors Taylor Peace, Samantha Corcoran, Hanna Jansson, Sarah Hills, Caroline Eastman, and Andrea Saldana. This senior class tied for the second for most wins by a class in team history with 24.

Hills finishes her Coast Guard career fourth in career goals (17) and fourth in career points (42).

Thank you to all the seniors for their hard work and dedication to the Coast Guard women's soccer program.