TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology will compete in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament championship game for the second time in women's soccer program history on Saturday, after the Fightin' Engineers defeated Mount St. Joseph 2-1 on Tuesday night.
The Fightin' Engineers scored two quick goals and relied on a strong defensive effort to secure the victory. Rose-Hulman will host Hanover College in the HCAC Women's Soccer Tournament Championship Game on Saturday, with the winner receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. The start time will not be finalized until after the completion of men's tournament semifinal games on Wednesday night.
Lane Lawrence put the Engineers in front with a goal in just the second minute. Lawrence fired one shot that was saved by Mount St. Joseph, Jessica Wells then fired a rebound shot on goal that bounced back to Lawrence. She finished the play with a goal to give Rose-Hulman a 1-0 lead, with Wells earning an assist.
A similar sequence happened on the second goal, as a Wells shot was saved and left for Elle Vuotto, who put the ball in the back of the net to give Rose-Hulman a 2-0 lead in the eighth minute.
Paige Mersmann added a goal in the 51st minute, on an assist from Madeline Rechel, to bring Mount St. Joseph within 2-1. Katie Demert recorded three saves and several nice plays on crossing passes to secure the win for the Engineers.
Rose-Hulman outshot Mount St. Joseph 17-14 overall and had an 11-4 edge in shots on goal. Megan Glipin recorded nine saves to lead the Mount St. Joseph defense.
Lawrence led the Rose-Hulman offense with six shots and Wells had four shots on the evening.
Rose-Hulman improved to 14-4-1 on the season, while Mount St. Joseph capped its year at 9-8-2. The Fightin' Engineers seek their first NCAA women's soccer tournament trip since 2007 and the second in school history on Saturday.