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Women's Soccer NCAA Tournament Run Ends in OT Heartbreaker

Women's Soccer NCAA Tournament Run Ends in OT Heartbreaker

VIDEO: POSTMATCH PRESS CONFERENCE

CHICAGO, Ill. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women's soccer team pushed Augsburg College into extra time, before the Auggies picked up a 1-0 overtime win in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament on Saturday at the University of Chicago.

Seeking the first NCAA Tournament win in the history of women's athletics at Rose-Hulman, the Fightin' Engineers and Auggies battled to nearly identical numbers in regulation.  Rose-Hulman outshot Augsburg 5-4 in the first half, the Auggies had a 7-5 edge in the second half, and the game shot total ended 13-11 in favor of Augsburg.

Rose-Hulman nearly won the game just two minutes before Augsburg picked up the victory.  Lane Lawrence fired a rocket shot from beyond the top of the box that was headed into the left side of the goal, only to be snagged in midair by a diving Augbsurg goalkeeper Emily Chapman.

The Auggies finally won in a scramble play around the net.  Rose-Hulman nearly cleared the ball twice in the sequence, before a pass across the box to Megan Howard provided the only goal of the match.

Maddy Twetten led the Rose-Hulman offense with five shots, and Lawrence added two.  Jessica Wells made several breakdown plays of the Augsburg offense, nearly providing assists on two occasions.

Rose-Hulman also narrowly missed on a goal in the opening minutes.  Lawrence and Twetten were joined by Maggie Sheerin with shots near the Augsburg net in the first six minutes of the match.

Katie Demert played a key role in extending the match to overtime with six saves.  Chapman had nine saves in the shutout for the Auggies.

Augsburg improved to 14-4-2 on the season, while Rose-Hulman completed the campaign at 15-5-1.  The Fightin' Engineers won the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season championship and the postseason tournament title to advance to its first NCAA Tournament since 2007.  Head coach Amy Helliwell and the Fightin' Engineers graduate a strong class of six seniors this season.